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  • 25 mins of CPD

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What you'll learn in this expert session

Suicide is the leading cause of death and injury in younger people. There are several strategies that the health professionals can use to reduce the risk of suicide including a recent innovation that involves recruiting friends and family of a patient at risk to communicate regularly by text. Clinical A/Prof David Horgan will explain the rationale and implementation of this potentially powerful strategy as a new tool for health professionals to use in these difficult circumstances.

About the Expert

Clinical A/Prof David Horgan

Clinical A/Prof Horgan received an award for Excellence in Teaching Psychiatry to final year medical students, as part of his lecturing role as a Clinical Associate Professor in the University of Melbourne. As part of his Fellowship of the College of Psychiatrists, he gives multiple ongoing education lectures to other psychiatrists, particularly on entrenched resistant depression, and on suicide prevention. He runs a peer-review group of 20 experienced psychiatrists, and is also heavily involved in an Australia-wide suicide prevention charity which he founded, the Australian Suicide Prevention Foundation. He initiated InToughTimesText.org, and its app, Prevent A Suicide: What to Say to Empower Family and Friends.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    How to complete this course

    • Instructions

  • 2

    Text Messaging Strategies for Suicide Prevention

    • Summary

    • Video lecture (15 mins)

    • Quiz: test your learning (10 mins)

  • 3

    Document your CPD here

    • CPD Documentation and Reflection Activity Tool

  • 4


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