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National Suicide Prevention Month & National Recovery Month

De-Stigmatizing Seeking Treatment and Fostering Hope

APNA President Zim Okoli“De-stigmatizing is the work of conventionalizing mental health and wellbeing, conventionalizing seeking treatment for mental disorders, and conventionalizing the idea that ‘it’s ok not to be ok, and that it’s ok to receive treatment when you’re not ok’.”

– APNA President Chizimuzo Okoli

Free contact hours for members through October 4:

Judy Davidson2023 APNA Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute Keynote:

The Shocking Truth and Regulatory Implications of Job-Related Problems Associated with Suicide Among Healthcare Professionals
Judy E. Davidson, DNP, RN, MCCM, FAAN
For RN & APRN; 1.25 contact hours

“This was one of the best presentations I have ever heard. It was informative, compelling, and ignited many emotions…I cannot say enough how much she moved and inspired me”


New & Coming Soon from APNA:

  • UPCOMING POSITION ON YOUTH SUICIDE PREVENTION: The APNA Board of Directors has formed the Youth Suicide Prevention Position Workgroup to create an APNA position paper that holistically addresses the issue of youth suicide prevention and the role of the psychiatric-mental health nurse in it. APNA Child & Adolescent Council Chair Jamie Zelazny is the chairing the workgroup.
  • UPCOMING SUICIDE PREVENTION CERTIFICATE PROGRAM: An updated, convenient, and interactive APNA Competency Based Training for Suicide Prevention will be released in early 2024! The training will be an online, on-demand certificate program and will reflect the most current evidence and best practices.

Suicide Prevention & Recovery-Based Resources

Suicide Prevention

APNA Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Essential Competencies for Assessment and Management of Individuals at Risk for Suicide

These 9 APNA competencies outline the role of the PMH nurse specific to suicide prevention, which includes both systems and patient level interventions.

APNA Patient Engagement Toolkit

A collection of publications from a literature review by the APNA Council for Safe Environments that speak to various elements of engagement.
SafetyAssessment & Monitoring

APNA Assessment and Monitoring Toolkit

Quick synopses of articles related to PMH nurse assessment and monitoring, assembled by the APNA Council for Safe Environments
SafetySafe Environments

APNA Key Components of Safety

A collection of resources selected by the APNA Council for Safe Environments to help psychiatric-mental health nurses define safe environments, identify their key components, and implement strategies within their

APNA Essentials of Caring for Persons Who Are Diagnosed with Personality Disorders

Recovery-based resource to assist nurses in caring for those who meet the criteria for a personality disorder diagnosis, as well as help nurses avoid judgment and decrease stigma. Created

Recovery Guides and Tools

Guides, tools, and research gathered and vetted by the APNA Recovery Council.

AAP Blueprint for Youth Suicide Prevention

American Academy of Pediatrics and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention resource to support health professionals in identifying strategies and key partnerships to support youth at risk for suicide. Endorsed by
Self-CareSuicide Prevention

ANA Nurse Suicide Prevention/Resilience

ANA information on supporting nurses, who are at higher risk of suicide than the general population. APNA member Tari Dilks served on the committee that created this section

Words Matter: Suicide Language Guide

Guide from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) on how to talk about suicide in a hopeful, respectful way.

Words Matter: Recovery-Oriented Language

Mental Health Coordinating Council guide to recovery-oriented language in mental health and human services.
Substance Use

Addiction Language Guide

This “Shatterproof Addiction Language Guide” consists of language recommendations and resources.