Year: 2020 Source: The Journal for Nurse Practitioners. (2020). doi: j.nurpra.2020.07.015. SIEC No: 20200631

Primary care providers (PCPs) have an important role in suicide prevention, knowing that among people who die by suicide, 83% have visited a PCP in the prior year, and 50% have visited that provider within 30 days of their death, rather than a psychiatrist.  The psychosocial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic poses increased risk for suicide and other mental health disorders for months and years ahead. This article focuses on screening tools, identification of the potentially suicidal patient in the primary care setting, and a specific focus on suicide prevention during widespread, devastating events, such as a pandemic.