Advanced Individual Courses

My Baby Would Be Better Off Without Me: Perinatal Mental Health & Suicide

Suicide is the leading cause of death during the perinatal period. In this course, Gabrielle Kaufman, MA, LPCC, BC-DMT, NCC, PMH-C, discusses statistics, risk factors, warning signs, screening tools, risk assessment, safety plans and other tools and resources to address suicide before and after childbirth. The course includes personal accounts and case studies of suicidal ideation and suicide. Following the completion of the course, participants will be able to: (1) Identify how feelings of suicide impact women in the perinatal period; (2) Name risk factors and protective factors in relation to suicidality in the perinatal period; and (3) Describe the CS-RRS (Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale) and other suicide screening tools and discuss ways they may be implemented.
  • Introduction
  • Learning Objectives
  • What is the issue?
  • Raul's Story
  • Postpartum Suicide Logic
  • Personal Story: Martha Escudero
  • Warning Signs
  • Blanca's Story
  • Risk Factors
  • Why Screen?
  • Screening Tools
  • Questions to Ask
  • Keep in Mind
  • Tools & Resources
  • Tools & Resources 2
  • Case Studies
  • Conclusion
  • Suicide Assessment
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed