Suicide, Parasuicide, Assessment, and Prevention Part Two



Suicide and parasuicide can occur at any point in the lifespan, and in some countries, suicide is the leading cause of death among young people ages 15–24 years. Rates of completed suicide are higher in men than women—with men being up to four times more likely to kill themselves than women. According to the Center for Disease Control, male deaths represent about 79% of all suicides in the United States of America, and firearms are the most lethal means of suicide, accounting for over 50% of suicides in the US. However, the rates for non-fatal attempted suicide are four times more likely in women than men and are more common in young adults/adolescents. Suicide attempts are influenced by a range of risk factors including the person’s history (e.g., abuse victim, previous attempts, mental illness) and current mental state (e.g., depression), current external stresses (e.g., recent divorce, financial problems), access to the means of self-harm (e.g., firearms, poisons, medications), and the individual’s access to protective factors such as family or peer support.

The ability to recognize and effectively intervene with suicidal individuals is one of the most challenging aspects of public health intervention.  This presentation is designed to increase awareness of suicide and to equip participants with information and skills to respond to a person considering suicide.  Participants will gain a broader understanding of suicide as a national and worldwide issue. 


  • Define mental health, suicide, parasuicide, and other suicide-related behaviors;
  • Explain how suicide rates differ between men and women;
  • Discuss how suicide differs among special groups in the United States such as adolescents, LGBTQ youths, Native Americans, and military veterans;
  • Explain the leading causes and pathophysiology of suicide;
  • Perform a thorough assessment of persons at risk for suicide;
  • Discuss effective strategies for suicide prevention
Target Audience: Psychologists, Social Workers, Addiction Counselors, LMFT, & Licensed Professional Counselors
Content level: Beginner to intermediate
4 CE hour credits approved by ASWB, NAADAC & NBCC
State Board Approval
ADACBGA # 19-12-17-1212
FCB # 5387-A
OCDP Board Sponsor # 50-29024
CE Broker Tracking # 50-29024

Course Features

  • Lectures 2
  • Quizzes 1
  • Duration 2 hours
  • Skill level Beginner to Intermediate
  • Language English
  • Students 102
  • Certificate Yes
  • Assessments Self
    • Lecture.1
      Suicide, Parasuicide, Assessment, and Prevention Part Two
    • Lecture.1
      Suicide, Parasuicide, Assessment, and Prevention Part Two
  • QUIZ
    • Quiz.1
      Suicide, Parasuicide, Assessment, and Prevention Part Two 15 questions

Dr. Sean Leonardo Knowles is a physician at the Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre in the Department of Psychiatry. He is currently working on the Substance Abuse wards as a Registrar.
Dr. Knowles attended Temple Christian Schools during his primary and junior high school years and obtained his senior high school education from Saint Augustine’s College where he was his class valedictorian in 1994. He later earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Spanish in 1998 from Saint John’s University in Minnesota as a Cum Laude graduate with All-College Honors and earning a Distinction in Biology. Dr. Knowles then obtained a Master of Science degree in Mathematics & Statistics from Youngstown State University in Ohio in 2005 and was awarded the Most Outstanding Graduate Student in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics Award. In 2013, he obtained his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from the University of the West Indies and was presented The Dr. Mortimer Moxey Most Outstanding Performance in Community Medicine Award. Dr. Knowles was also the recipient of a 2016 British Chevening scholarship that afforded him the opportunity to complete a Master of Science Degree in Immunology of Infectious Diseases at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in September 2017. His thesis is entitled "Understanding the Effects of Free Heme on Human Neutrophil Function." Presently, Dr. Knowles is a member of the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) and recently completed the University of Minnesota – Duluth and the North American Training Institute’s Studies in Gambling Addiction: Counseling the Pathological Gambler Certification course.
In his spare time, Dr. Knowles enjoys weightlifting, kickboxing, traveling, watching thriller movies, public speaking, and mentoring young men.
Dr. Knowles’ ultimate career goal is to utilize his psychiatry, clinical medicine, mathematics, and immunology of infectious disease training and experiences by serving the public health sector of The Bahamas as a physician, health policy maker, and educator. He also aspires to become a Minister of Health in The Bahamas someday.