TA Coalition Webinar: Suicide Prevention in Later Life: Connecting and Contributing


Learning Objectives:

1.Learners described at least two challenges to suicide prevention in later life that illustrate the importance incorporating upstream prevention strategies into a late life suicide prevention program.

2.Learners were able to state the rationale for targeting social relationships in suicide prevention in older adults.

3.Learners identified at least two empirically informed strategies for improving relationships for older adults that they can bring to their work.

 This presentation highlighted the importance of suicide prevention in later life, with an emphasis on increasing social connectedness as a means for prevention. We covered basic epidemiology of late-life suicide and how a contemporary theory of suicide (the Interpersonal Theory of Suicide) can inform prevention efforts by highlighting potential mechanisms. We discussed four strategies for increasing social connectedness in later life that have been examined in studies by the presenter—peer companionship, volunteering, psychotherapy, and web-based social skills training. We concluded by discussing a multifaceted intervention model for promoting social connectedness and reducing suicide risk in later life.