The goal of the Zero Suicide Advisory Group (ZSAG), formed in December 2013, is to help implement Goals 8 and 9 of the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (NSSP) and to build on the momentum of the Clinical Care and Intervention Task Force Report. The NSSP goals follow:
Goal 8: Promote suicide prevention as a core component of health care services
Goal 9: Promote and implement effective clinical and professional practices for assessing and treating those at risk for suicidal behaviors
Composition and Function
A diverse committee, ZSAG includes former members of the Clinical Care and Intervention Task Force as well as professionals from various health care sectors.
The ZSAG provides expert guidance to behavioral health care settings seeking to implement the Zero Suicide Initiative. For example, the committee:
- Assists in adapting the clinical care model for use in various health and behavioral health systems
- Supports the development of tools and implementation strategies that behavioral health care settings can employ to reduce suicide and suicide attempts by patients in their care.
The Zero Suicide Data Panel is a subcomponent of the ZSAG and is creating a set of performance measurement tools that will allow organizations to:
- Assess the impact of their initiative
- Benchmark the work of pilot sites
- Assess fidelity to the Zero Suicide model
With the resulting data, health care organizations can assess lives lost by suicide for patients under their care, determine the impact of their programs, and develop an effective, replicable model.