Lethal Means Safety & Suicide Prevention - Counseling - MIRECC / CoE
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Lethal Means Safety & Suicide Prevention - Counseling

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Lethal Means Safety Counseling Approaches

  • LMSC is patient-centered rather than a one-size-fits-all intervention
  • Effective LMSC involves careful consideration of the language and stance we use with patients
  • Whenever possible, LMSC involves ongoing follow up

Podcast: Promoting Lethal Means Safety to Prevent Veteran Suicide with Joe Simonetti, MD

Joseph A. Simonetti, MD, MPH

What is it about Lethal Means Safety (LMS) that makes a difference in suicide prevention? LMS is about increasing the distance between thoughts of suicide and action. In this week’s episode, we are joined by Dr. Joseph Simonetti, MD, MPH, physician and suicide prevention researcher with the Rocky Mountain MIRECC. Dr. Simonetti guides us through the fundamentals of lethal means safety, why it’s important, and provides suggestions on how to ensure that conversations about lethal means safety are Veteran-centered.

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Factors that affect LMSC Conversations

  • Your relationship with the Veteran
  • Your knowledge about access to firearms, lethal medications, or other means
  • Your knowledge of and comfort with firearms and other means
  • Urgency of the situation
  • Reasons for firearm ownership or medical indications of prescribed medications
  • Opportunity for follow up

Have a patient-related question?

  • Consultation regarding Lethal Means Safety and Lethal Means Safety Counseling is available at any time to any provider serving a Veteran at risk for suicide. For more information, please go to: www.mirecc.va.gov/visn19/consult/
VA Suicide Risk Management Consultation Program

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