SafeSide Primary CARE (3 AMA Category 1 Credits™)
Video-based training that fits your schedule
About a third of people who die by suicide visited primary care within a month of their death.
Suicide concerns can come up any time in primary care–on routine screening, in the context of depression treatment, or because a parent or spouse is worried.
Regulatory requirements to assess and address risk are also increasing, adding to the list of responsibilities (and opportunities) to promote health.
Most providers are eager to help and want to relieve suffering, but training specific to primary care is hard to come by and there's uncertainty about what defines a solid response to risk. With something this important, somebody should make it clear.
SafeSide provides a clear framework for suicide prevention in primary care. It's never easy, but now you have map.
Connect, Assess, Respond, Extend
SafeSide Primary CARE training provides a framework for responding to suicide concerns within the time and resource constraints of primary care.
Co-taught by a primary care psychologist, Dr. Tony Pisani and a suicide attempt survivor, Kristina Mossgraber, the framework comes to life in video-based teaching from these two perspectives and brief skill demonstrations by real primary care providers.
"You don't have to be a behavioral health specialist to make a difference."Kristina Mossgraber
3 AMA Category 1 Credits™
Three 50-minute video-based group sessions
Practical. Tactics, tips, and wording you can use immediately.
Research-Based. Builds upon online modules currently featured in two federally funded research projects.
Flexible. Learn on your schedule, as a group or individually.
Sustainable. New providers, residents, and staff can onboard any time.
Video-Based Instruction and Demonstration
Learn a systematic framework for primary care suicide prevention, then practice skills and strategies modeled by real providers with patient actors.
Team members learn together in three 50-minute group sessions (InPlace℠ Learning) or complete 3 hours of self-paced online learning.
Virtual Office Hours
Interact with Dr. Pisani, the SafeSide team, and other primary care practices in brief monthly Q&A video calls.
Anyone on your team can ask questions, request feedback, and share experiences with others who are applying the same framework in their practices.
Updates and Refreshers
Stay current with new practices, research, and regulations through regular updates to video-based instruction.
We provide quick, optional refreshers a few times a year.
A middle-aged male patient presents with back pain and screens positive for suicide ideation on routine evaluation. Dr. Holly Russell demonstrates how she connects with the patient, briefly assesses the situation, and makes plans and a warm referral.
Easy to start, and sustain
- Pay a one-time set-up fee to get training and evaluation material configured to your practice's needs and goals.
- Once setup, there is an annual subscription fee based on the number of care providers and patient care staff (nursing, etc) in your practice, and an optional additional cost for 3 AMA Category 1 CME Credit ($15 per recipient).
Year-round access to video-based curriculum
Optional monthly office hours with Dr. Pisani and his team
Updates to the curriculum and refresher videos
One-time configuration, set up, and support fee -
Annual subscription -
A teenage girl being bullied at school is concerned about an ex-boyfriend sharing private pictures of her. Dr. Colleen Fogarty demonstrates a caring yet thorough assessment and engaging a parent in prevention plans that will include close follow-up.
SafeSide Primary CARE Learning Objectives
You know how to connect with your patients. When suicidal thoughts come up, it’s easy to lose that connection in an effort to assess the risk. Learn to:
- Ask directly and clearly about suicide without losing your connection with a patient.
- Plan for safety and motivate patients toward the goal of feeling better.
- Express your commitment to stick with the patient while also involving other resources.
Gather and summarize information that’s actionable, not just about “risk.”
- Use a consistent structure for gathering and communicating information.
- Base plans and decisions on the function of suicidal thoughts, the available resources, and the specific changes that could make things worse.
You’ve connected, you’ve assessed. Then what? SafeSide shows you four basic categories of effective and legally defensive actions:
- Use a set of evidence-based “one-liners” we call mini-interventions.
- Make initial plans for how the patient and others will respond to foreseeable changes that might increase risk.
- Increase contact and involve crisis care when indicated.
- Make relevant referrals and consultations for unmet needs.
You and your practice can extend the impact of initial responses into the patient’s life.
- Establish clear roles for family and other supports.
- Employ the suicide-related warm-handoff, whether you have co-located or off-site behavioral health.