An important goal of the federal government’s National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (Goal 7), is to ensure community and clinical health care providers are trained in evidence-based suicide-specific assessments, management, and delivery of effective clinical care. The Prevent Suicide WV project calls for, among other things:
To effectively reduce the suicide rate, states must go beyond education, awareness, and prevention by providing evidenced-based suicide specific treatments. The goal must be more than identifying people who are struggling with suicidal thoughts and providing resources to get them through each crisis – the goal must be to treat overall suicide risk, which will provide the necessary tools to respond to feelings of hopelessness without suicide being a viable option.
Suicide Rates in West Virginia
The state of West Virginia is ranked 10th in the nation for its suicide rate. Throughout the state, suicide is the:
Overall, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in West Virginia.
More than 5 times as many people died by suicide in 2019 than in alcohol related motor vehicle accidents.
82.6% of communities did not have enough mental health providers to serve residents in 2020, according to federal guidelines.
Sources: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) & Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE)
The CAMS Framework has been proven through multiple randomized clinical trials to be the best assessment, intervention and treatment to reduce suicide ideation. It is recommended by such groups as the Zero Suicide Initiative, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the Sentinel Event Alert (PDF) by the Joint Commission.
While it is important that communities learn how to identify the signs of suicide risk, it is crucial to have a network of healthcare providers in place and trained in evidence-base suicide-specific treatment to whom people identified as suicidal may be immediately referred.
CAMS-care offers several training options to meet various learning styles and budgets. Because CAMS is a flexible Framework, it can be easily adapted to cultural and tribal preferences. The CAMS treatment is available via online training, in-person role-play training, consultation calls, ZOOM training, and more.
Mental health professionals have reported that the CAMS Framework has given them a way to confidently treat suicidal patients effectively in only 6-8 sessions. And, more importantly, patients have reported that they like using the CAMS Framework.
Learn more about how CAMS addresses mental health. Find a CAMS Trained clinician in West Virginia.
Below are the current requirements from this state for CE credits.
While training communities to identify the signs of suicide risk is important, it is not enough to effectively reduce the suicide rate. Legislation must be passed that requires all mental health professionals and primary care physicians to receive training in evidence-based, assessment, management, intervention, and treatment of suicide risk. Because, everyone deserves a life worth living.
CAMS-care offers training courses and materials for individuals and organizations. Our products allow professionals to earn CE credits to meet your state’s CE requirements:
The CAMS proven framework is introduced in Dr. Jobes book, “Managing Suicidal Risk: A Collaborative Approach“. The current edition includes evidence data from decades worth of extensive research and has a greater emphasis on how to implement CAMS in clinical settings. You may earn 6 CE credits after reading the book and passing the CE test.
CAMS-care offers engaging video training opportunities that gives professionals to earn 1 – 3 CE credits. We’ve offer training in addressing malpractice and ethical liability when working with suicidal patients, tips suggestions for working with difficult patients, and treating suicide risk with children and adolescents.
We also provide online and on-site Role-Play Training, Consultation Calls, and host Education Days for more hands-on approaches to the CAMS framework.