Depression, Anxiety, and Suicide Prevention - Online Inservice

Although the certified nursing assistant can’t diagnose depression, their role in recognizing and reporting changes in residents to the nurse in charge can enhance the recognition of mental illness in their patients. Given that CNAs most often have more day-to-day contact with residents, they are in an exceptionally good position to recognize the symptoms of anxiety and depression in the patients they care for.

It's not uncommon for someone with an anxiety disorder to also suffer from depression or vice versa. Nearly one-half of those diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Elderly mental health is tricky. The signs, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment all vary from mental health issues in younger demographics.

This course will equip CNAs with the knowledge necessary to recognize the signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety in people of all ages, as well as learn the treatment options and prevention strategies.

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Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Define depression and anxiety and their causes.
  2. Identify the signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety.
  3. Know how to care for people with depression or anxiety.
  4. Understand the warning signs of suicide and how to prevent it.


Chapter 1: Depression

  • Definitions and Causes
  • Signs and Symptoms
  • Depression in Older Adults
  • Caring for Patients with Depression

Chapter 2: Anxiety

  • Definitions and Causes
  • Signs and Symptoms
  • Caring for Patients with Anxiety

Chapter 3: Treatment and Prevention

  • Treatment of Depression
    • Music Therapy
  • Treatment of Anxiety
  • Prevention of Depression and Anxiety

Chapter 5: Suicide Prevention

  • The Warning Signs
  • The Hidden Risks of Suicide in Long Term Care
  • Suicide Prevention

Chapter 5: References

Price: $10.00

Contact Hour: 1

Course Author

Capra Garrison

Capra Garrison, Registered Nurse, has more than 33 years of experience in infusion therapy and the instruction of licensed nurses in infusion therapy continuing education. Her experience comes from multiple infusion settings: acute care, ambulatory infusion centers, home infusion, long term care continuing education provider, and long term care pharmacy quality assurance consultant.

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Course Accreditation

Provider approved by the California Department of Public Health, Nurse Aide Certification (NAC) #: 7046.  This document must be retained by the certified nurse assistant for a period of four years after the course completion. Provider approved by the Florida and Wyoming Boards of Nursing-Certified Nursing Assistants, CE Broker Provider #: 50-13256.

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