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A multi-source collection of readings, tools, videos, and webinars to help you understand and implement Zero Suicide.

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Improve | PDF

In a Zero Suicide approach, a data-driven quality improvement approach involves assessing two main categories: fidelity to the essential systems, policy, and patient-care components of the Zero Suicide model, and patient-care outcomes that should come about when the organization implements those essential components. Zero Suicide implementation teams should identify key clinical care outcomes that indicate systems-level and clinical practice changes are having an impact, and establish systems to collect these data regularly to monitor areas for change and continuous improvement. Reviewing the existing quality improvement measures in the behavioral health field may be informative for establishing systematic data collection in your organization. In addition to quantitative data, organizations can also consider collecting qualitative data that assesses individuals’ experience and satisfaction receiving care. 

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to (1) understand how data collection can be used to enhance the care that health and behavioral health care organizations provide to individuals at risk of suicide, (2) describe the current status of quality improvement measures in the suicide prevention field, and (3) describe how one organization used data to improve suicide risk assessment practices.

Transition | PDF

Bloomington Meadows Hospital of Indiana sends out handwritten care cards to patients after discharge. The care cards, like the two examples here, are created by receptionists, signed by the staff, and sent in an envelope for privacy. 

Train | PDF

The Institute for Family Health makes it a policy to provide all staff in their Psychosocial Services Department with training on suicide prevention. This document provides examples of IFH's regularly-offered trainings and the trainings required for each institutional role.

Transition | PDF

Community Counseling Center of Missouri invites clients to design caring contact cards through on-going contests. This collaboration with clients is designed to demonstrate provider care and reaffirm that lived experience matters to the Center. 

Engage | PDF

This document outlines the standard operating procedure for suicide risk assessment at Centerstone of Tennessee. The document supports Centerstone's policy that all individuals be screened for suicide risk at every service contact during the course of treatment.

Engage | PDF

The Institute for Family Health created a Managing Suicidality: Clinical Pathways in Primary and Behavioral Health Care resource to guide staff through their organization's approach to identification and response. 

Engage | Web

"Rocky Mountain Short Takes on Suicide Prevention: Talking to Patients about Firearm Safety" is a conversation about firearm safety between the host, Adam Hoffberg, and Emmy Betz, an emergency room physician at the University of Colorado Hospital. The conversation covers a range of topics regarding lethal means reduction. One of the highlights is a Colorado program called the Colorado Gun Shop Project, which is a collaboration with gun shop retailers, gun range owners, and firearm safety course instructors to promote suicide prevention. The podcast is twenty-six minutes long and can be found at the Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Veterans Affairs Suicide Prevention website.

Treat | Web

Esther Tenorio, Project Director, Katishtya Embraces Youth Wellness and Hope (KEYWAH), San Felipe Pueblo, discusses aligning evidence-based programs with Indigenous ways of life.

Lead | PDF

A patient's death by suicide in health and behavioral healthcare organizations can have a significant impact on family members, other patients, and staff. It may be even more destabilizing or demoralizing in systems where significant changes to improve suicide care had been implemented. Optimal postvention practices in health and behavioral healthcare organizations highlight immediately supporting the family, other clients and staff, conducting root cause analyses, and embedding policies and protocols supporting postvention actions into the organization's operations. Consistent with a Zero Suicide framework, leadership should ensure that policies and practices promote an organizational response that is consistent with a just, no-blame culture that remains focused on continuous quality improvement in the aftermath of a patient suicide.

This webinar will focus on how health and behavioral healthcare organizations respond following a patient suicide death. Participants will hear from health care leaders and experts who will discuss key components of an organization-level postvention plan. They will explore considerations for supporting patients, staff and the community, and continuing to provide quality care. Additionally, a clinician survivor will share her perspective on what she felt was supportive after experiencing a patient suicide.

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to (1) Explain how a health and behavioral health organization’s response to a suicide death can support improvements in suicide care practices; (2) Describe the role of Root Cause Analysis in a postvention response; and (3 )Identify steps that can be taken by organizations to support staff, other patients, and the family following a patient's death by suicide.

Transition | PDF

Centerstone of Tennessee developed this caring letter—in English and Spanish—with the help of Leah Harris. It is designed to be sent after other follow-up procedures (e.g., clinicians or others trained to do follow-up calls have reached out) have not been successful in reaching an individual who has been under your care.

Train | PDF

This is a sample Zero Suicide Workforce Survey results report with randomly generated responses. You can use this as a guide to help you plan your survey analysis and communication about your survey results with staff.

Train | PDF

This resource was designed to help you administer the Workforce Survey by answering some frequently asked questions.

Train | PDF

The Zero Suicide Workforce Survey is the ideal tool to use to assess staff knowledge, practices, and confidence.

Train | Web
Training Workshops | Web

Emergency departments (EDs) play an important role in suicide prevention. The self-paced online course, Preventing Suicide in Emergency Department Patients, teaches healthcare professionals who work in an ED how to conduct screening, assessment, and brief interventions, such as safety planning and lethal means counseling. It also addresses patient-centered care for patients with suicide risk, patient safety during the ED visit, and incorporating suicide prevention into discharge planning. This course was created by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center at EDC, Inc. with funding from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

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