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

Course Author(s): Lara Mekhitarian, LMFT

Overview

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.

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