In this article, the assistant vice president for Avera Behavioral Health reports that, since starting the Zero Suicide Initiative, their system has seen a 97-percent drop in future suicide attempts after a person is initially hospitalized.
Several news organizations reported on the Montana Zero Suicide Academy. As a first step in the Montana Native Youth Suicide Reduction Plan, more than 75 people from tribal governments, Urban Indian Health Centers, the Indian Health Service, and the Department of Health and Human Services participated in the Academy.
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IHS is offering funding for Tribes, Tribal organizations, Urban Indian organizations (UIOs), and IHS Federal facilities implementing the Zero Suicide initiative. The purpose of the Zero Suicide funding announcement is to improve the system of care for those at risk for suicide by implementing a comprehensive, culturally-informed, multi-setting approach to suicide prevention in Indian health systems. The deadline for applying is October 12, 2017.
For more information, please visit the official IHS funding announcement page: https://www.ihs.gov/suicideprevention/zerosuicide/fundingannouncement/
SAMHSA has announced new funding for the Zero Suicide grant program. The purpose of this program is to implement prevention and intervention programs for individuals who are 25 years of age or older that are designed to raise awareness of suicide, establish referral processes, and improve care and outcomes for such individuals who are at risk for suicide.
Grantees will implement all components of the Zero Suicide model throughout their health system.
Eligibility: Up to $700,000 per year for states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories. Up to $400,000 per year for tribes and tribal organizations; community-based primary care or behavioral health care organizations; emergency departments; and local public health agencies. Total funding for the program is $7.9 million dollars ($2 million for tribes and tribal organizations). Length of program is up to 5 years. Please review the funding announcement in full for additional requirements.
Due date for applications is July 18. 2017.
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
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