Resources

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

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Lead | Web

Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Suicide Prevention has released its second trilogy of Zero Suicide-related podcasts. These podcasts originated at the Bridging the Divide conference last May in Denver. 

Why and How Now Matters Now with Ursula Whiteside PhD

At the Bridging the Divide Conference we chatted with Ursula Whiteside (apologies to Ursula on my little faux pas) and she told us why Now Matters Now and how caring messages can go such a long, long way. http://traffic.libsyn.com/denvermirecc/podcast_ursala_whiteside.mp3

An Agency's Approach to Zero Suicide with Richard T. McKeon PhD, MPH

From the 2017 Bridging the Divide Conference we had a short conversation with Richard T. McKeon, Ph.D., M.P.H., Chief of the Suicide Prevention Branch for SAMHSA. http://traffic.libsyn.com/denvermirecc/podcast_richard_mckeon.mp3

A State's Approach to Zero Suicide with Sarah Brummett MA, JD

Sarah Brummett is the Director of the Office of Suicide Prevention for the State of Colorado. Sarah discusses how the Zero Suicide system approach looks when applied to a whole state. It is amazing. http://traffic.libsyn.com/denvermirecc/podcast_sarah_brummett.mp3

Transition | Web
Abstract: Providing follow-up calls to patients after they leave the hospital is not only good clinical practice, but it can help with the bottom line. In this study, the authors estimated the return on investment (ROI) for every $1 spent calling patients with suicidal ideation or deliberate self-harm who had been discharged from a hospital or emergency department. The ROI for the calls ranged from $1.76 to $2.43—a significant return that the authors concluded “supports the business case for payers, particularly Medicaid, to invest in postdischarge follow-up calls."
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This Joint Commission Sentinel Event Alert discusses the common miscommunications that can happen when a patient with suicidal ideation is transitioned between care teams as well as tips for higher quality hand-offs.

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A concise explainer of the research base for the Transition element of the Zero Suicide approach.

Transition | Web

This two-page fact sheet features a strengths-based intervention that identifies the needs of youth and the goals that the youth and his or her family will work towards with the assistance of the team and community. 

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The goal of this paper is to highlight key steps emergency department (ED) providers can take to establish continuity of care for patients at risk for suicide, and thereby, to substantially reduce the number of suicide deaths and suicide attempts that occur after discharge. The risk of suicide attempts and death is highest within the first 30 days after a person is discharged from an ED or inpatient psychiatric unit, yet as many as 70 percent of suicide attempt patients of all ages never attend their first outpatient appointment. Therefore, access to clinical interventions and continuity of care after discharge is critical for preventing suicide. 

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Boyer, C. A., McAlpine, D. D., Pottick, K. J., & Olfson, M. (2000). Identifying risk factors and key strategies in linkage to outpatient psychiatric care. American Journal of Psychiatry, 157(10), 1592-1598.

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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.

Transition | Web

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.

Identify | Web

These comprehensive guidelines outline a framework 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. A summary version is available at this link: http://www.healthquality.va.gov/guidelines/MH/srb/VASuicideAssessmentSummaryPRINT.pdf

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