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Mental Health Care in Dentistry (ce645) - Introduction

Mental Health Care in Dentistry: A Trauma Informed Approach to Suicide Prevention


Lara Mekhitarian, LMFT

Credit Hours:

1.5 Hour(s)


Mental health conditions and life stressors are the leading cause of suicide amongst healthcare professionals, especially in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Heightened depression resulting from sudden life changes has increased suicidali...

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Mental health conditions and life stressors are the leading cause of suicide amongst healthcare professionals, especially in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Heightened depression resulting from sudden life changes has increased suicidality within dentistry and a lack of psychoeducation in prevention and treatment further increases the risk. The goal of this course is to help educate dental professionals in understanding the prevalence of untreated depression, trauma, and suicidality. Using a trauma-informed lens, this course will provide dental professionals with resources, strategies, and information to help decrease the risk factors when faced with trauma, depression, and anxiety.

  • Intended Audience:

    Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students, Office Managers

  • Date Course Online:

    Oct 8, 2020

  • Last Revision Date:


  • Course Expiration Date:

    Oct 7, 2023

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Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:

  • Develop a clear understanding of traumatic stress including symptoms, behaviors, and somatic impacts.
  • Develop self-awareness in identifying the impacts of depression and trauma.
  • Understand why suicidality is prevalent within the dentistry profession.
  • Understand the difference between passive and active suicidal ideations.
  • Develop individual coping, mindfulness, and self-care strategies.
  • Understand the importance of a safety plan and collateral support.
  • Develop strategies to support those around you struggling with depression.


  • P&G is providing these resource materials to dental professionals. We do not own this content nor are we responsible for any material herein.
  • Participants must always be aware of the hazards of using limited knowledge in integrating new techniques or procedures into their practice.  Only sound evidence-based dentistry should be used in patient therapy.

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Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement

  • Ms. Mekhitarian has no financial interests to disclose relating to the content of this presentation. She has no conflicts of interest associated with this course.
Lara Mekhitarian

Lara Mekhitarian


Lara Mekhitarian is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Trauma Specialist who has dedicated her career to working with people affected by trauma, especially those who have suffered abuse. She is certified in Eye Movement Desensiti...

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