Suicide Prevention

What Every Primary Care Physician Needs to Know to Prevent Suicide

This podcast series was funded by the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, NJ Department of Human Services.

PODCASTS

Podcast 1

Suicide Safer Care Part 1: Screening for Suicide Risk

Description: Universal screening and assessing patients >11 years old for suicide risk

Moderator: Dr. Virna Little, Zero Suicide Institute

Guest Speaker: Dr. Katie Riewe, Pediatrician

Podcast 2

Suicide Safer Care Part 2: Appropriate Follow-up

Description: Brief interventions, developing safety plans, and making arrangements with behavioral health practices to accept referrals

Moderator: Dr. Virna Little, Zero Suicide Institute

Guest Speaker: Dr. Katie Riewe, Pediatrician

Podcast 3

Counseling on access to lethal means and safe firearm storage – Part 1

Description: Use of ERPO law and a focus on high-risk groups with access to firearms

Moderator: Karen Lin, MD

Guest Speaker: Dr. Michael Anestis, GVRC

Podcast 4

Counseling on access to lethal means and safe firearm storage – Part 2

Description: Primary care’s role in safe firearm storage

Moderator: Karen Lin, MD

Guest Speaker: Dr. Michael Anestis, GVRC

Podcast 5

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Moderator: Karen Lin, MD

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Podcast 6

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FACULTY

Dr. Virna Little

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Concert Health

Dr. Virna Little is currently the Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of Concert Health, a national organization providing behavioral health services to primary care providers and the co-founder of Zero Overdose, a not for profit addressing the national crisis of unintentional overdoses. Prior Dr. Little worked for 22 years as a Senior Vice President for a large FQHC network in New York overseeing over 300 behavioral health and community staff and worked for New York City Health and Hospitals as a citywide family violence coordinator. She has a Doctoral degree in Psychology, a Masters in Social Work, a Masters in Business Administration and Healthcare, is a Certified Care Manager(CCM) and a recognized Substance Abuse Professional (SAP).

Michael D. Anestis, PhD

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NJ Gun Violence Research Center

Mike Anestis received his PhD in clinical psychology from Florida State University, where he studied under Dr. Thomas Joiner. His work focuses on suicide prevention among both civilians and service members, with a particular focus on the role of firearms. He is the author of approximately 150 peer reviewed articles as well as the book Guns and Suicide: An American Epidemic, published by Oxford University Press in 2018. Dr. Anestis was the 2018 recipient of the Edwin Shneidman Award from the American Association of Suicidology in recognition of his early career achievements in suicide research and currently serves on advisory board for a number of organizations, including the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Jed Foundation.

Karen WeiRu Lin, MD

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Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Karen WeiRu Lin, MD, MS, FAAFP, is the faculty advisor for several units within Robert Wood Johnson Medical School that integrate global health: HIPHOP Promise Clinic, a weekly student-run health clinic for underserved populations in New Brunswick; elective courses in medical Mandarin and complementary and alternative medicine elective courses; Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association; International Health Interest Group; and Physicians for Human Rights. Dr. Lin is on the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians.