Townhall: Start the Conversation to Stop Suicide

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Suicide rates in the United States increased 24% from 1999 to 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2015, teens and young adults were most likely to attempt suicide, while adults 45 to 64 years of age were more likely to succeed and had the greatest increase in suicide overall.  Reasons for the increase range from depression, chronic pain, and opioid misuse to trauma and loss. As pharmacists regularly encounter patients who struggle with thoughts of suicide, it is vital they engage with patients and encourage them to open up. This session will provide a forum for pharmacists to learn how to start these difficult conversations related to depression, suicide, and recovery.

Learning Objectives

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

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

Activity type: Knowledge-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 archived webinar is approved for 2.0 contact hour of CPE credit (0.2 CEUs). The ACPE Universal Activity Number for this activity is 0202-0000-19-050-H01-P

To obtain credit for completing Townhall: Start the Conversation to Stop Suicide, 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: March 23, 2019

Expiration date: March 23, 2022 


Townhall: Start the Conversation to Stop Suicide is an archived, online educational activity for pharmacists developed by the American Pharmacists Association.


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

Kelly N. Gable, PharmD, BCP, and APhA’s editorial staff declare 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, BA, PharmD, MBA, BCACP, Director of Content Development & Partnership at the American Pharmacists Association


There is no fee associated with this member only activity as part of the 2019 Home Study on Demand package. 

System Requirements

Computer and internet access are required to complete this activity.  Please visit our website to view the Technology System Requirements.