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Zero Suicide is an evolving initiative. Check out upcoming events as well as the newest stories, resources, and tools. 


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Jul 10 2018
Substance Use Disorders in the Zero Suicide Framework Webinar

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) is hosting a webinar on substance use disorders in the Zero Suicide framework. It will highlight innovative ways that health and behavioral health care organizations are caring for patients with substance use disorders at risk for overdose and suicide. Presenters will (1) describe how to improve staff attitudes and confidence about working with this population, (2) explain the importance of a patient-centered perspective, and (3) share patient engagement and suicide care management plan considerations.

This webinar will be held on July 10 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. ET. Register today!

May 08 2018
Zero Suicide Featured at HLTH Conference
The Aria
Las Vegas, NV

Julie Goldstein-Grumet, Director of the Zero Suicide Institute, will present on Zero Suicide at the HLTH, The Future of Health Care Conference. The four-day conference is focused around a dialogue about disruptive innovation in the health care sphere. Speakers from health care to corporations to advocates will lead one hundred sessions on tools, technologies, and strategies for advancing health care innovations. Goldstein-Grumet will be a featured speaker on the Leveraging Tech to Support Innovation in Mindfulness and Mental Health panel.

Apr 22 2018
Zero Suicide Pre-Conference Presentation at NatCon18
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
Washington, DC

At the National Council for Behavioral Health Pre-Conference in April, a panel of national Zero Suicide experts will share how the Zero Suicide model can be tailored for use in varied health care settings. The all-day presentation, titled Comprehensive Suicide Care to Address Hard-to-Reach-Populations will discuss in-depth how the Zero Suicide model can be tailored to serve patient populations with higher rates of suicide and may be more difficult to engage or link to care.

Find out more about the panel at the NatCon website:

Jan 30 2018
Webinar: Improving Care for Homeless Patients at Risk for Suicide

The next public Zero Suicide webinar is on Tuesday, January 30th, 2018 from 2:30 – 4:00 PM EST. The topic is improving care for homeless patients at risk for suicide.

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to (1) identify commonly experienced challenges in providing suicide care to homeless patients, (2) describe unique suicide screening, risk assessment, and safety planning considerations for this population, and (3) demonstrate how health and behavioral health organizations can establish meaningful partnerships with community organizations to augment safer suicide care practices for patients experiencing homelessness.

Registration link:

Sep 12 2017
Webinar: Safe Care Transitions in a Zero Suicide Framework

A public Zero Suicide webinar will be held on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 from 3:00 – 4:30 PM EST. The topic will be safe care transitions in a Zero Suicide Framework.

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to (1) Identify key care transition practices and partnerships for patients discharged from inpatient to outpatient care, (2) describe how one organization includes voices of individuals with lived experience in care transition practices, and (3) demonstrate how health and behavioral health organizations can establish partnerships with crisis service organizations to augment care transition practices.

Registration link:

Jun 02 2017
SAMHSA Pre-Application Webinar for Zero Suicide Grant Applicants

A SAMHSA pre-application webinar for the Zero Suicide grant program will take place from 2-3p EST on Friday June 2nd. SAMHSA encourages eligible entities interested in applying to participate.

The information on the webinar is as follows:

CALL DATE:             June 2, 2017  (Friday)

CALL TIME:             02:00 PM EASTERN TIME

DURATION:            1 hr

LEADER:                  James Wright


USA: Toll Free Number  1-800-857-2949

Participant passcode- 8457687

For Participants:
Conference number: PWXW4219579
Audience passcode: 8457687
Participants can join the event directly at:

Oct 21 2016
Prevent Suicide Wisconsin: Third Annual Suicide Prevention Conference
Milwaukee County War Memorial
Milwaukee, WI


  • Individuals working in or affiliated with all aspects of Health Care
  • Mental Health and AODA Service/Support Organizations
  • Military and Veteran Service/Support Organizations
  • Community Service/Support Organizations
  • K-12 Schools and Higher Education
  • Faith Communities
  • First Responders
  • People with lived experience of mental illness, and their loved ones
  • All community members interested in suicide prevention


Morning Keynote

Jerry Reed, PhD, MSW, has served as the Director of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center in Washington D.C. since 2008. Through this work he provides assistance to many key stakeholders in developing, implementing and evaluating programs and strategies to prevent suicide. Dr. Reed also serves as the Director of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Injury, Violence and Suicide and Co-Director of the Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention with partners at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. Reed speaks nationally and internationally on the topic of suicide prevention. Dr. Reed received his Ph.D. in Health Related Sciences with an emphasis in Gerontology from the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond in 2007, as well as a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Maryland at Baltimore in 1982.

Afternoon Keynote

Becky Stoll, LCSW, is responsible for the overall operation of Centerstone’s Crisis and Disaster Management services in Nashville, TN and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 20 years of behavioral health experience. She is a recognized leader in the areas of crisis services, disaster mental health, and suicide prevention. She is a member of the National Action Alliance’s “Zero Suicides in Healthcare” Advisory Group as well as serving as a faculty and mentor. Ms. Stoll is a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress and a Diplomat of the American Association of Experts in Traumatic Stress. Ms. Stoll received a Master’s in the Science of Social Work from the University of Tennessee, and a BS in Psychology from Tennessee State University in Nashville.

Panel Moderators

Zero Suicide Panel

Sue Jungen, CADC, ICS, is the Co-Chair Zero Suicide Initiative in the Fox Valley as well as a Regional Leader of the Zero Suicide Initiative, and a member of the Zero Suicide Academy Faculty (2015, 2016). Ms. Jungen is a founding member, previous Co-Chair, and current board member of the Northeast Wisconsin Mental Health Connection. She serves as Co-Chair of the Fox Valley Substance Abuse Initiative. Ms. Jungen is also a certified instructor for Youth Mental Health First Aid and QPR.

Hear Our Voice Panel

Martina Gollin-Graves, MSW, received a Master’s in Social Work from the University of WisconsinMilwaukee,and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Alverno College. She is currently the President/CEO of Mental Health America of Wisconsin (MHA), a statewide agency providing mental health and suicide prevention education, advocacy and support for individuals, families, businesses and community organizations across the state of Wisconsin.

Oct 12 2016
Wyoming’s Zero Suicide Kick-Off Workshop


Wyoming’s Zero Suicide Kick-Off Workshop

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016


Jan Ulrich and Brian Ahmedani

The Prevention Management Organization of Wyoming invites healthcare organizations, small rural hospitals and community mental health centers to learn about the Zero Suicide initiative and prepare for the Zero Suicide Academy®, coming Spring 2017.

To learn more about Zero Suicide, visit

Brian K. Ahmedani, PhD, LMSW is a research scientist at Henry Ford Health System with appointments at the Center for Health Policy and Health Services Research and the Department of Psychiatry.  He is also a licensed clinical therapist.  As a researcher, his main interests have centered around mental health and substance use services, with a special focus on suicide prevention.  Recently, Dr. Ahmedani and colleagues have studied variation in the patterns and timing of healthcare use prior to suicide behavior. He also conducts evaluation for the award-winning suicide prevention initiative, Perfect Depression Care, in Behavioral Health Services at Henry Ford.

Jan Ulrich is a Senior Project Associate with the Zero Suicide Institute of the Education Development Center, Inc.   She is the former State Suicide Prevention Coordinator for the Kentucky Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities. She has been a leader in suicide prevention and awareness efforts on a national, state and local basis since 2002, after the issue of suicide touched her family very personally.  Ms. Ulrich led Kentucky’s safer suicide care initiative from 2012 to 2016.  Ms. Ulrich is the recipient of the 2004 NAMI KY Prevention Partner Award, the 2005 Suicide Prevention Advocacy Recognition Kentucky Award (SPARK), the 2006 Mental Health America of KY Jack B. Stith Advocate Award and the 2016 Robert Straus Award for Outstanding Service in the Field of Suicide Prevention.

Apr 01 2016
Zero Suicide in Health and Behavioral Health Care: Results of a State-Based Initiative
Annual Conference of the American Association of Suicidology
Chicago, Illinois

In 2014 the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, in partnership with the National Council for Behavioral Health, held a Breakthrough Series intended to provide individual and group coaching to help provider organizations and state systems accelerate Zero Suicide implementation. Each team included a state-level governmental agency and a provider; six teams were selected to participate. This presentation will provide an overview of the Zero Suicide framework and  we will discuss the application and results of the breakthrough series as well as lessons learned for state suicide prevention or health care leaders looking to launch or strengthen an evolving Zero Suicide initiative.  Two state leaders, who participated in the breakthrough series and both of whom oversee successful Zero Suicide initiatives, will share their experiences.

Mar 06 2016
Best Practices in Providing Suicide Safer Care in Health Care Settings
National Council for Behavioral Health Annual Conference
Las Vegas, Nevada

Health care providers see people at risk for suicide every day. But how do you know that you are providing safe, evidence-based treatments that work?  Does your staff truly feel comfortable and confident to work with this population?  Does your electronic health record reflect a clinical workflow for suicide care? This preconference session will focus on providing step-by-step evidence-based suicide care in health care settings from assessment to follow-up. Presenters who have done the work of making this change will share their successes and lessons learned. The Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s Zero Suicide framework provides the rationale, tools and support for organizations to adopt and launch this comprehensive approach to suicide safer care in clinical settings.


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