For Champions

Champions challenge and lead health and behavioral health care systems to improve the care provided for individuals at risk for suicide.

Who are Zero Suicide Champions?

Potentially, you are.

Zero Suicide champions pursue safer, more effective suicide care approaches in health care systems and know that reducing suicides for those at risk is achievable.

Champions see that gaps exist in the delivery of care to those at risk for suicide and advocate for health and behavioral health care organizations to provide more comprehensive and evidence-based care.

Champions understand the potential for the Zero Suicide model to transform suicide care in health care settings.

Champions can include:

  • Leaders in health and behavioral health care organizations
  • Clinical and other staff within health and behavioral health care organizations
  • Government health and mental health leaders 
  • State and local suicide prevention coordinators
  • Suicide prevention and mental health nonprofit organizations
  • Individual suicide prevention advocates, including the suicide bereaved and those with lived experience
  • Anyone interested in improving the lives of those struggling with suicide

What Can a Zero Suicide Champion Do?

If you are ready to advocate for the Zero Suicide model, we suggest several next steps:

Become familiar with the rationale for this comprehensive approach.

This website provides all of the resources champions need to advocate and assist health care organizations in implementing Zero Suicide. Review the page What Is Zero Suicide? and familiarize yourself with the core components the model found in the Zero Suicide Toolkit.  

Stimulate organizations to think differently about suicide care.  

Ask hard questions of health and behavioral health care providers and the organizations in which they work. For example:

  • Do staff have the training, skills, and organizational support to identify and treat those at risk for suicide?
  • How does the organization track how many individuals in their care, or recently discharged from their care, died by suicide in the last year?
  • Does the staff believe that suicide is preventable and that patient safety is part of their responsibility?

Use the PowerPoint presentation, Zero Suicide fact sheet, and videos. 

The following tools can help champions to persuade health and behavioral health care leaders to consider adopting the Zero Suicide approach:

  • Videos of health care industry leaders describing their commitment to this approach. The videos appear to the right on this page.
  • A two-page What is Zero Suicide? fact sheet that can be downloaded and shared with others. The PDF is provided in Readings at the bottom of this page.
  • A short PowerPoint presentation Can Suicide Be A Never Event? with speaking points that you can customize for your audience—board of directors, senior management, or staff. The presentation is available in Tools at the bottom of this page.

How Do I Learn More?

Get involved!

Click on the button below to become part of the Zero Suicide community and participate in webinars and our active email discussion list.

How Do I Get Started?

Readings

What is Zero Suicide? PDF
Suicide Care in Systems Framework WEB
The Power of Zero: Steps Toward High Reliability Health Care WEB

Tools

Quick Guide to Getting Started with Zero Suicide PDF
Zero Suicide Organizational Self-Study PDF
Zero Suicide Work Plan Template PDF
Can Suicide Be a Never Event? PowerPoint Presentation PPT

SPRC and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention are able to make this web site available thanks to support from Universal Health Services (UHS) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) (grant 1 U79 SM0559945).

No official endorsement by SAMHSA, DHHS, or UHS for the information on this web site is intended or should be inferred.