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.
SPRC is recruiting pioneer health and behavioral health care organizations from across the country interested in implementing the innovative Zero Suicide framework and invites organizations to apply for participation in this two-day intensive workshop. During the Zero Suicide Academy®, SPRC and Zero Suicide faculty will provide interactive presentations and small group sessions. The objectives of the Zero Suicide Academy® are to (a) provide organizations interested in adopting a Zero Suicide approach with the skills and information necessary to launch their effort; (b) create collaborative links between the organizations launching these initiatives in order to provide mentorship and support so that the perspectives, knowledge, and skills of each inform the work of the others; and (c) aid in developing implementation plans for the Zero Suicide initiatives at each participating organization. Applications are due May, 5, 2015 by 5pm ET. http://zerosuicide.sprc.org/zero-suicide-academy
The Eli Lilly and Company Foundation has donated $250,000 to Community Health Network’s Zero Suicide initiative. The investment will be used to save Hoosier lives through early intervention and prevention, the construction of a robust Central Indiana crisis network and the utilization of innovative mental health diagnostics and treatment protocols. Community’s Zero Suicides strategy brings crisis, telepsychiatry and intensive care coordination services to more than 600 primary care physicians, 11 emergency departments and 13 hospitals located throughout the state. A team from Community Health Network attended the first ever Zero Suicide Academy in June 2014. http://www.ecommunity.com/newsroom/view.aspx?Page=922
Why is now the time for behavioral health leaders to lead on suicide prevention? Mike Hogan's blog post for the National Council for Behavioral Health explains that suicide is a largely preventable kind of death. But, what have we done to make suicide prevention an explicit part of our work? Dr. Hogan is Co-lead of the Zero Suicide Advisory Group. http://www.thenationalcouncil.org/conference-365/2015/01/22/zero-suicide-practical-approach-suicide-care/