On Demand Grand Rounds: Suicide and Access to Lethal Means
This presentation was originally reviewed on September 1, 2023, and broadcast live online on March 24, 2021, from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET.
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Suicide is a leading cause of death in the US, with rates steadily increasing over the past 20 years. The most common method of suicide is by firearm. Reducing access to firearms has been shown to reduce suicide rates on a population level. Patients should be informed of the risk of firearm access when they are at risk of suicide.
This activity is intended for physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, counselors, therapists and other mental health professionals.
After this lecture, you will be able to:
- Review the epidemiology of firearm suicide.
- Illustrate the importance of lethal means access in suicide risk.
- Discuss the value of counseling patients on firearm access.
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About The Speaker
Paul Nestadt, MD is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, with a secondary appointment in the
Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He serves as the co-director and supervising psychiatrist for the Johns Hopkins Anxiety Disorders Clinic, where he utilizes behavioral therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy and exposure as well as psychopharmacology for anxiety disorders including PTSD, OCD, Panic, and Generalized Anxiety in patients from the US and internationally. He is an attending psychiatrist on the Motivated Behaviors Unit, an inpatient psychiatric ward specializing in the treatment of substance use disorders in the context of major psychiatric illness. Dr. Nestadt’s current research focus on practical risk factors for suicide, such as firearm and opioid access. His research is fueled by a fruitful partnership with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Maryland, which supplies data for the development of machine learning algorithms utilized in the prediction of suicide risk. He has applied this expertise to the study of suicide in special populations including Native Americans, African Americans, and the opioid using population. His research is sponsored in part by the James Wah Center for Mood Disorders Research, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and the National Institutes of Health.
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Grand Rounds: Suicide and Access to Lethal Means
Paul S. Nestadt, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Joint Faculty, Department of Mental Health
Bloomberg School of Public Health
Originally reviewed September 1, 2023.
Originally broadcast live March 24, 2021, from 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm ET
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