This comprehensive report authored by David Knesper, M.D., Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan, offers recommendations for the ongoing care of patients at risk for suicide who have been treated in emergency departments and hospitals. It includes ten principles for improved continuity of care, and provides real-world examples of seven integrated systems of care in the U.S. and Europe. Other key recommendations for practice and research address: targeting high-risk individuals; improving education and training for suicide risk assessment; responding to patients who have become disengaged from treatment; coordinating care; and improving infrastructure to provide continuity of care.
A multi-source collection of readings, tools, videos, and webinars to help you understand and implement Zero Suicide.
Luxton, D. D., June, J. D., & Comtois, K. A. (2013). Can postdischarge follow-up contacts prevent suicide and suicidal behavior? A review of the evidence. Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, 34(1), 32.
Becky Stoll, Vice President for Crisis and Disaster Management at Centerstone, underscores the need to screen every patient for suicide risk.
The Zero Suicide Organizational Self-Study is designed to allow your organization to assess what elements of suicide safer care it currently has in place. It should be used early in the launch of a Zero Suicide initiative by a full implementation team to assess organizational strengths and weaknesses prior to developing a work plan.
Wondering how to get started with Zero Suicide in your organization? This quick guide outlines ten steps to getting started.
This document lists suicide care training programs appropriate for clinical and non-clinical staff at health and behavioral health care agencies.
Coffey, M. J., Coffey, C. E., & Ahmedani, B. K. (2015). Suicide in a Health Maintenance Organization Population. JAMA psychiatry.
Linehan, M. M. (2014). DBT® skills training manual. Guilford Publications.
Rudd, M., Mandrusiak, M., & Joiner, T.E., Jr. (2006). The case against no-suicide contracts: The commitment to treatment statement as a practice alternative. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 62(2), 243-251.
This document provides recommendations for the assessment, treatment, and risk management of patients with suicidal behaviors. A Quick Reference Guide is also available at http://psychiatryonline.org/pb/assets/raw/sitewide/practice_guidelines/guidelines/suicide-guide.pdf/
Jobes, D. A. (2006). Managing suicidal risk: A collaborative approach. Guilford Press.
Wenzel, A., Brown, G. K., & Beck, A. T. (2009). Cognitive therapy for suicidal patients: Scientific and clinical applications. American Psychological Association.
Developed by the Suicide Prevention Center at Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, this manual guides individuals and organizations in developing and implementing an attempt survivors’ support group. The group provides an opportunity for its participants to connect with peers who share similar experiences and includes an emphasis on tools and skills (e.g., coping skills through safety planning) that can help members stay safe from a future suicide attempt.
CAMS, the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality, is an evidence-based suicide-specific clinical intervention that has been shown through extensive research to effectively assess, treat and manage suicidal patients in a wide range of clinical settings. This three-hour online training for clinicians (CEUs available) is delivered by David A. Jobes, Ph.D., ABPP, developer of CAMS.
Behavioral Tech, founded by Dr. Marsha Linehan, the developer of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), trains mental health care providers and treatment teams who work with complex and severely disordered populations to use compassionate, scientifically valid treatments and to implement and evaluate these treatments in their practice setting.
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