Zero Suicide director Julie Goldstein-Grumet is quoted in this article from MedPage Today: "We would never send our loved ones to a surgeon who says 'I don't really have any training but I'm going to try my best.'" The article cites statistics as it puts forth a succinct argument for physicians to take the initiative with patients who may be at risk for suicide.
For their implementation of Zero Suicide at the Chickasaw Nation Department of Health, the Chickasaw Nation and its departments of Family Services and Health have been selected to receive a 2018 National Impact Award from the National Indian Health Board. This award honors an individual or organization whose work has made an impact on American Indian/Alaska Native health care on a national level.
Dr. Shannon Dial, Executive Officer, and the Zero Suicide team serve in the Division of Integrated Services in the Department of Family Services for the Chickasaw Nation. In this role, Dr. Dial oversees a multidisciplinary approach to addressing a patient’s overall health needs, which includes a biological, psychological, socio-cultural, and spiritual approach.
The award will be presented at the 35th Annual National Tribal Health Conference in Oklahoma City. The National Tribal Health Conference (NTHC) is the largest American Indian and Alaska Native specific gathering each year focused specifically on health. For more information about the conference, follow this link: http://www.cvent.com/events/2018-national-tribal-health-conference/event-summary-be53056da4224252b87ed4d36ba1cf34.aspx.
The Durango Herald of Colorado reports that La Plata and Montezuma counties are among six in Colorado selected to participate in collaboration to create a model for suicide prevention that could be used nationwide. In the article, Colorado-National Collaborative leaders discuss their decision to have all health care systems to adopt the Zero Suicide Initiative, including emergency departments, primary care clinics, hospitals and behavioral health centers.
The Ithaca Voice reports that Tompkins County has announced a county-wide initiative to adopt the Zero Suicide framework, making it among the first counties in New York to launch Zero Suicide.
Utah Business reports that Intermountain Healthcare, a Utah-based not-for-profit system of multiple hospitals, clinics, medical groups, and a health plan, has announced its launch of the Zero Suicide initiative.
Zero Suicide Institute director Julie Goldstein-Grumet is quoted in this article by NPR discussing the evidence-based need for safety planning in emergency room settings. "People often fall off and they don't follow up on their referrals," Goldstein-Grumet says. "And the times during these transitions from acute care settings is one of the highest risk times of suicides."
Follow these links to read what New Hampshire publications have reported about the Exter Hospital Zero Suicide Academy.
"Zero Suicide program called a success"
Seacost Online reports from the Zero Sucide Academy.
"Exeter Hospital Adopts Suicide Prevention Model"
New Hampshire Public Radio sat down with Debra Vasapolli, director of community relations for Exeter Hospital, about the Zero Suicide initiative.
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.
Follow the links to read the articles:
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/