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 CPI News Brief     Volume 7 Issue 13 * November 2018

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Means Reduction Counseling for Suicide Prevention
Module is Now Available

Many believe that if people want to kill themselves, they will find a way so there is no point in reducing access to the means of suicide.
The reality is that suicidal crises do not last indefinitely. They tend to remit in a relatively brief time. Having lethal means that are unavailable or difficult to access during this period provides the time for suicidal urges to subside. Moreover, individuals often have a preference for how to attempt suicide and if the preferred means is not immediately accessible, they will not necessarily find an alternative method.

This module, Means Reduction Counseling for Suicide Prevention, builds on these points and provides practitioners with practical guidance concerning reducing suicide risk by reducing access to means as part of the Safety Planning process. It also familiarizes learners with the NYS Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) ACT.

The aims of this course are:
  • Define Means Reduction and recognize its importance in the context of Safety Planning, and
  • Learn how to integrate means reduction counseling into standard practice

This course is divided into three parts:
  • What is Means Reduction?
  • Why Means Reduction Works, and
  • The four steps in the Means Reduction Counseling process


Continuing education credits for completion of this module are available to physicians, social workers, licensed mental health counselors, and CASACs.


To access this module:
  • Log into the Learning Community using your username and password at: https://rfmh.csod.com/client/rfmh/default.aspx
  • Click on "Suicide Prevention"
  • Click on "Start an online module"
  • Click on "Means Reduction Counseling for Suicide Prevention"
  • Click on "Launch"


This is one of a series of online training modules focusing on suicide prevention that are available to you in the CPI Learning Community, with additional modules now under development.  Current titles include:
  • Optimizing Clinical Care of Suicidal Individuals
  • Suicide Prevention for Healthcare Workers
  • Structured Follow-up and Monitoring
  • Comprehensive Suicide Risk Assessment
  • Safety Planning Intervention for Suicide Prevention, and
  • Assessment of Suicidal Risk Using C-SSRS
For more information about CPI's Suicide Prevention-Training, Implementation and Evaluation program (SP-TIE), under the direction of Barbara Stanley, Ph.D., please click here: