Firearms are the leading method of suicide in Intermountain’s geographic service areas, responsible for half, or more, of suicides. Preventing firearm-related suicide is a major focus of Intermountain’s Zero Suicide work. Counseling on Access to Lethal Means, or CALM, is a brief intervention that healthcare professionals can use to reduce access to lethal means for people at risk. Intermountain recently developed an online CALM training course, available to healthcare providers of all backgrounds. While tailored to Utah, the same principles can be applied in Idaho and Nevada.
CALM-UT teaches clinicians how to ask patients about their access to lethal means, while working with the patient and families to reduce their access in a supportive and engaging method. It’s free and offers continuing education credits for physicians and social workers. A training profile can be accessed here and CALM training here.