Outcome Stories

Read about efforts to implement and measure the impact of the Zero Suicide framework.

January 23, 2020

UMass Memorial Health Care system (UMMHC) has been implementing the Zero Suicide framework in a stepped approach since 2016. The effort was precipitated by a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to study Zero Suicide implementation across a large health care system.

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January 22, 2020

In 2013 and 2014, Aspire Indiana identified an increase in the number and percentage of people in our communities dying by suicide by measuring the number of coroner reports stating a cause of death by suicide and comparing it to the number of all causes of death for people we serve. To address that trend, we decided to implement a Zero Suicide initiative....

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January 22, 2020

Inspired by the momentum of Zero Suicide in the field of health and behavioral health care, in 2013, Sweetser leadership—for the first time—added the goal to eliminate suicide among its clients as part of its strategic plan, where it remains a focus to this day. Over the past year, Sweetser’s work of training clinicians has grown to include clinicians...

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January 22, 2020

Focused systems-wide suicide prevention efforts began at Kaiser Permanente (KP) in 2014, but gained traction in 2016 with KP’s growing awareness of the Zero Suicide framework and an interest in the significant outcomes demonstrated by other organizations in the health care industry. As one of the country’s largest integrated health care systems,...

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January 22, 2020

Bronson Healthcare system serves patients and families throughout southwest Michigan and northern Indiana by offering a full range of services from primary care to advanced critical care. In 2015, Bronson created a behavioral health department and, in 2016, was awarded a $160,000 grant from Priority Health to develop integrated behavioral health (IBH) teams...

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January 22, 2020

The Ridge Behavioral Health System, located in the heart of Bluegrass Country, provides a variety of behavioral health services to people throughout the state of Kentucky. Owned and operated by Universal Health Services (UHS), the largest facility-based behavioral health provider in the United States, The Ridge was tasked with transforming suicide...

February 15, 2019

Wellstone Regional Hospital serves multiple counties in Indiana and Kentucky and is part of the Universal Health Services (UHS) system which is the largest inpatient psychiatric hospital system in the United States. Since 2015, dozens of hospitals across the UHS system have implemented Zero Suicide. In 2017, Wellstone incorporated new practices, based on...


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