Start the Conversation to Stop Suicide (Home Study)

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Suicide completion rates in the U.S. increased 24% from 1999 to 2014 according to the CDC.  The most suicide attempts were recorded in teens and young adults but individuals between ages 45-64 had the most suicide completions.  They also had the greatest jump in suicide completions from approximately 13 deaths by suicide/100,000 in 1999 to 20 deaths by suicide per 100,000 people in 2015. Reasons contributing to increasing suicide rates are multifactorial and include depression, chronic pain, the opioid crisis, trauma, loss, and firearm accessibility to name a few.

Healthcare providers including pharmacists may not know what to say to someone to get them to open up about emotional pain, depression, or suicidal thoughts and plans.  This webinar is designed to provide pharmacists with the tools needed to start a conversation about depression and suicide and assist patients with recovery.  

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this application-based activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Given a patient’s characteristics, co-occurring diagnoses, and medications, identify risk factors and protective factors for depression and suicide.
  2. Compare depression treatment options regarding effectiveness, tolerability, monitoring, and patient counseling recommendations.  
  3. Select appropriate verbiage and reflective responses to include when speaking to a patient about depression and suicide.

Activity type: Application-based

Target Audience: Pharmacists 

Learning Level: 2

Accreditation Information


The American Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. The following activity is approved for 1.0 contact hour of CPE credit (0.1 CEUs). The ACPE Universal Activity Number for this activity is 0202-0000-18-244-H01-P.

To obtain credit for completing Start the Conversation to Stop Suicide (Home Study), watch the archived webinar, complete the assessment with a grade of 70% or better, complete the evaluation questions, and then CLAIM credit. Participants need to have a valid username and password to claim credit. After credit has been claimed, please visit CPE monitor for your transcript. 

Initial release date: September 12, 2018
Expiration date: September 12, 2021 


Start the Conversation to Stop Suicide (Home Study) is an archived, online educational activity for pharmacists developed by the American Pharmacists Association.


Julie A. Dopheide, PharmD, BCPP, FASHP, declares receiving honorarium as an advisory board member for Alkermes. 

APhA’s editorial staff declares no conflicts of interest or financial interests in any product or service mentioned in this activity, including grants, employment, gifts, stock holdings, and honoraria. For a complete list of APhA staff disclosures, visit the APhA website at

Conflicts of interest have been resolved through content review by Helen Sairany, PharmD, BCACP, Associate Director of Content Development at the American Pharmacists Association. 


There is no fee for current APhA Members. This online educational activity is available exclusively to APhA members for the first 30 days of release, as a free member benefit. Thereafter, non-members can purchase this activity at a cost of $129.

System Requirements

Computer and internet access are required to complete this activity.  Please visit our website to view the Technology System Requirements in order to have a positive learning experience.