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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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This guide from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence aims to improve patient care by giving practical advice on how to encourage healthcare professionals and managers to change their practice in line with the latest guidance.

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The Clinician Survivor Task Force provides consultation, support, and education to psychotherapists and other mental health professionals to assist them in understanding and responding to their personal/professional loss resulting from the suicide death of a patient/client and/or family member.

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Chassin , M. R., & Loeb, J. M. (2013). High‐reliability health care: Getting there from here. Milbank Quarterly, 91(3), 459–490.

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NPSG.15.01.01 calls for the identification of individuals at risk for suicide. There are three elements of performance for this goal; they can be found on page four of this PDF. Frequently asked questions about NPSG.15.01.01 can be found at http://www.jointcommission.org/standards_information/jcfaqdetails.aspx?S....

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This Joint Commission Sentinel Event Alert discusses risk and contributing factors for suicide in the health care environment, as well as risk reduction strategies for medical/surgical and emergency department settings.

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This Joint Commission Sentinel Event Alert discusses root causes of inpatient suicide deaths and recommended risk reduction strategies.

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The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare works with hospitals and health care systems that are committed to being high-reliability organizations and reaching zero on many key health outcomes, including hand washing, surgical site infection, and wrong-side surgery.

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Posner, K., Brown, G. K., Stanley, B., Brent, D. A., Yershova, K. V., Oquendo, M., . . . Mann, J. J. (2011). The Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS): Initial validity and internal consistency findings from three multi-site studies with adolescents and adults. American Journal of Psychiatry, 168(12): 1233–1234.

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Douglas, K. S., & Skeem, J. L. (2005). Violence risk assessment: Getting specific about being dynamic. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 11(3), 347.

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Bryan, C. J., & Rudd, M. D. (2006). Advances in the assessment of suicide risk. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 62(2), 185–200.

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Berman, A. L., & Silverman, M. M. (2014). Suicide risk assessment and risk formulation part II: Suicide risk formulation and the determination of levels of risk. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 44(4), 432–443.

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Silverman, M. M., & Berman, A. L. (2014). Suicide risk assessment and risk formulation part I: A focus on suicide ideation in assessing suicide risk. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 44(4), 420–431.

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This pocket guide summarizes VA/DoD clinical practice guidelines for structured assessment of adults suspected to be at risk of suicide and the immediate and long-term management and treatment that should follow if an individual is found to be at risk.

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This list of screening tools from the Center for Integrated Health Solutions includes many options for screening for suicide and depression risk.

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This document serves as a resource guide, using the SAFE-T protocol as a centerpiece, to facilitate implementation of the Joint Commission patient safety goal on suicide.

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