Populations and Settings

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

Inpatient Mental Health

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Patients admitted into a hospital or clinic for at least one overnight stay are often experiencing a period of high risk for suicidal ideation. Patient safety and recovery can be enhanced in a number of ways, including screening and assessment; timely communications between all types of staff, including non-clinical staff; appropriate monitoring levels; modifications to the physical environment; practicing use of safety plans throughout the stay; involvement of support people; using evidence-based therapies for suicide; and post-discharge follow up.

Search for resources specific to Inpatient Mental Health below.

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Dr. Vince Watts, director of the VA Interprofessional Fellowship in Patient Safety, gives insight on the process of creating collaborative safety plans.

Dr. David Jobes explains the current most promising evidence-based psychological treatments for suicidal ideation.

Dr. David Jobes discusses the science behind suicide-specific brief interventions. 

NowMattersNow.org has created a template for Caring Contacts that includes a printable card redirecting recipients to the resources...

Universal Health Services, Inc., Behavioral Health Division has shared a detailed suicide care management plan template for inpatient hospital settings.

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