COVID-19 Response

Remotely Treating Suicidal patients using CAMS and Telepsychology

CAMS-care Response

Our goal is to provide you resources to help you to treat your suicidal patients at a time when social distancing is absolutely needed to flatten the curve of the spread of this novel coronavirus.

If you’re trained in CAMS, you’re in a unique position to use this evidence-based treatment within remote virtual sessions with your suicidal patients.

We understand that responding to the historic pandemic is a top priority of our healthcare systems right now and likely for many months to come. To this end, we want to be mindful of the needs of suicidal patients who will continue to struggle. We aim to provide you with some resources and solutions at a time when those suffering should clearly avoid ED and hospital visits if at all possible while still receiving evidence-based suicide-focused care.

CAMS and Telepsychology

We have received a lot of questions from clinicians in recent days about how they can continue to treat suicidal patients using telepsychology. The Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) has been successfully administered remotely in a variety of settings including the U.S. Army within the Warrior Resiliency Program. CAMS is currently being used in telepsychology in the frontier regions of the inter-mountain West, prison settings and in an on-going randomized controlled trial (RCT) at the San Diego Veterans Affairs Medical Center with suicidal veterans.


Treating Suicidal College Students Using Telepsychology: A CAMS Approach

This free one-hour on-demand video hosted by Dr. David Jobes features CAMS-care expert consultant Dr. Melinda Moore. The topic presented is the telepsychology use of CAMS for treating suicidal college students and moving the Eastern Kentucky University Psychology Clinic on line so that Dr. Moore and her staff, including Professoral students trained in CAMS, can continue to treat patients remotely.

Treating Suicidal Risk Using Telepsychology: A CAMS Approach

In this free one-hour on-demand video, Dr. David Jobes responds to the telepsychology use of CAMS and the Suicide Status Form within a virtual modality.

COVID-19 and Suicide Risk

This informative clip with Dr. David Jobes provides an update and reflections on the research, clinical, and training implications of the current coronavirus pandemic with particular attention to suicidal risk.

Dr. Christine Moutier, the Medical Director of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, provides some great resources and common sense ideas for people dealing with anxiety and stress-related to the COVID-19 virus pandemic (including those with suicidal thoughts). Start the interview at minute 6:10.