Suicide in Older Adults

This toolkit contains resources for teaching learners how to assess and prevent suicide in older adults. It contains introductory material appropriate for undergraduate and graduate level learners.

Merrie J.  Kaas, PhD, APRN, PMHCNS, FAAN authored this toolkit. She is Professor Emeriti at the University of Minnesota, School of Nursing and a board certified, practicing psychiatric-mental health clinical nurse specialist. She has decades of geropsychiatric clinical experience and teaching experience in both psychiatric/mental health and gerontological nursing.

This toolkit contains two components: a Learner Module and a compendium of Teaching and Learning Resources.


The Learner Module is designed for students. It is a digital, interactive learning activity. To assign the module to students, instructors can click on the Learner Module icon to the left and copy the URL into their teaching documents for their learners to access. The module is free and accessible to all.

Note: When accessing the learner module, some users may wish to use the CTRL/Command + or – function to adjust the size of the text on their screen.



The Faculty Resources document is intended to provide preceptors and other instructors with activities and training ideas for health professional students following their completion of the Ageism learning module.



Toolkit created December 2022.