Suicide Prevention and the Aging Population (Webinar Recording)

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Suicide Prevention and the Aging Population
Laura Hinds, MSW, LCSW

September 21, 2023, 10:00am-12:00pm EST


Loss of social contact, loss of loved ones, body betrayal, and increased isolation are common experiences for the elderly and can result in depression and suicidal ideation. This session supports social service providers in contemplating the risk factors and support options for caring for an elder who may be experiencing suicidality. From assessing threats, to addressing means, and engaging the elder in a safety plan, this course will offer both considerations and strategies to increase hope in this population and keep them safe.


  • Explain the research and its deficits related to the needs and experiences of the Aging population.
  • Relay at least 3 risk factors providers should consider to assess the potential of suicidal ideation.
  • Recall at least 3 interventions and strategies to support aging people in avoiding or navigating suicidal ideation.


Laura Hinds headshotLaura Hinds, MSW, LCSW, is a clinical social worker with experience in medical, behavioral and mental health settings.  Laura has had the pleasure of working with high acuity special needs populations and their providers for over 22 years.  An alumna and instructor at Penn’s School of Social Policy and Practice for 13 years, and Bryn Mawr’s School of Social Work and Social Research’s for the past 4 years, Laura has supported the learning and education of new social workers, veterans in the field, and their interdisciplinary partners.  With a focus on trauma, human and gender development, racial equity, and crisis intervention Laura supports special needs populations and those who serve them.


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