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F5: Keep CALM and Safety Sweep On: Counseling on Access to Lethal Means

What can a person feasibly get their hands on in 5-10 minutes? If we can limit means in that 5-10 minute window, it increases the chance of intervention to save a life. This session will teach the common characteristics of an acute suicidal crisis, most common means used, fatality/irreversibility/ accessibility of means, and why means matter to survivability. Learn techniques to have tough safety planning conversations about restricting means at home and how this applies to suicidal crisis.

Approved by DCS for Foster Care Parent Hours

Learning Objectives:

  • Know the most fatal and most often used method of suicide
  • Know how to engage a family to discuss means restriction  
  • Understand the window of a suicidal crisis

Presenter Bio:

Megan Gaylord, LPC-MHSP has worked with children and youth for 19 years. Megan holds a Master's Degree in Community Agency Counseling from The University of Memphis. Megan works for the Youth Villages Specialized Crisis Services, supervising mental health crisis response staff.



Megan Gaylord, LPC-MHSP