The Joint Commission has announced that it will survey and score ligature, suicide, and self-harm in inpatient psychiatric facilities. The announcement gives emphasis to the Zero Suicide campaign to provide suicide safer care in health and behavioral health care facilities.
Zero Suicide pioneers from Henry Ford Health System were featured on BBC World Service's My Perfect Country, the series that images what the perfect country would look like if it were made from bits of the world that actually work.
Henry Ford Health System’s approach to suicide prevention is weighed up by Fi Glover, entrepreneur Martha Lane Fox and Professor Henrietta Moore of the Institute for Global Prosperity. With the estimation that global annual suicide fatalities could rise to 1.5 million by 2020 – is it a staple addition to the perfect country or a one-off success story?
Listen to the show: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03jxdq2
The Joint Commission has released a new Sentinel Event Alert on suicide. Sentinel Event Alert 56: Detecting and treating suicide ideation in all settings replaces two previous alerts on suicide (issues 46 and 7). This Joint Commission Sentinel Event Alert aims to assist all health care organizations providing both inpatient and outpatient care to better identify and treat individuals with suicide ideation. Clinicians in emergency, primary and behavioral health care settings particularly have a crucial role in detecting suicide ideation and assuring appropriate evaluation. The suggested actions in this alert cover suicide ideation detection, as well as the screening, risk assessment, safety, treatment, discharge, and follow-up care of at-risk individuals. Also included are suggested actions for educating all staff about suicide risk, keeping health care environments safe for individuals at risk for suicide, and documenting their care.
Read the Sentinel Event Alert: https://www.jointcommission.org/assets/1/18/SEA_56_Suicide.pdf
Zero Suicide faculty members Julie Goldstein Grumet, David Jobes, Brian Ahmedani, and Diana Cortez Yanez were guests on the Diane Rehm Show.
Suicide is the 10th-leading cause of death in the United States. But a group of psychiatrists and health care professionals is working to change this trend. They’ve launched an initiative that aims to reduce the number of suicides to zero. It sounds impossible, but a health system in Michigan is reporting impressive results. After overhauling the way it screens and treats patients, it reduced the number of suicides by 80 percent.
The National Institute for Mental Health has released a funding opportunity announcement to support applied research that advances the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention's Zero Suicide goal of preventing suicide events (attempts, deaths) among individuals receiving treatment within health care systems.
Read the announcement: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-MH-16-800.html
Each year, nearly three times as many Americans die from suicide as from homicide. More Americans kill themselves than die from breast cancer. What Happens If You Try To Prevent Every Single Suicide?
The National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH) has released a concept clearance for Zero Suicide. This alerts researchers to NIMH interests and potential funding opportunities; however, budget constraints may prevent an approved concept from becoming an actual RFA or RFP.
Read the concept clearance: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/funding/grant-writing-and-application-process/co...
Mike Hogan, Zero Suicide Advsiory Group Co-Lead, shared the Zero Suicide model at the Wyoming Suicide Prevention Conference. "If you're involved in health care, (suicide prevention) is part of your job," Hogan said, explaining the Zero Suicide idea. "This is not optional. This is not delegated to the health department. It's not delegated to the community coalition."
Health care systems are beginning to embrace Zero Suicide, an ambitious campaign of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. Not just a hopeful phrase, Zero Suicide requires a systemwide transformation to pull the entire team into the prevention effort. Becky Stoll, vice president of crisis and disaster management for Centerstone, a behavioral health care provider based in Nashville, Tennessee, and serving several states, says her system launched its program about 20 months ago. Centerstone's patients are treated for conditions such as anxiety, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, she notes, placing them at a higher risk for suicide compared to the general population.