The Department of Veteran's Affairs developed a Mental Health Guide that offers recommended products and solutions to ensure individuals in inpatient care have a safe and therapeutically-enriching environment.
A multi-source collection of readings, tools, videos, and webinars to help you understand and implement Zero Suicide.
The Department of Veteran's Affairs developed a Mental Health Environment of Care Checklist for Veterans Affairs Hospitals to use to review inpatient mental health units for environmental hazards. The purpose of the checklist is to identify and abate environmental hazards that could increase the chance of patient suicide or self-harm.
The Puyallup Tribal Health Authority developed a caring letter template that includes caring phrases in the Puyallup language with English translations. These culturally appropriate caring letters are sent in envelopes to protect client confidentiality.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This resource was designed to help you administer the Workforce Survey by answering some frequently asked questions.
The Zero Suicide Workforce Survey is the ideal tool to use to assess staff knowledge, practices, and confidence.
The five items below comprise a package of resources intended to support your administration of the Zero Suicide Workforce Survey.
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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