These guidelines from Centerstone of Tennessee were developed to aid surviving family members, other clients, and staff in the event a Centerstone client dies by suicide.
A multi-source collection of readings, tools, videos, and webinars to help you understand and implement Zero Suicide.
These policies and procedures from Centerstone of Tennessee were developed to ensure weapons potentially suicidal and/or homicidal clients wish to relinquish are secured in a safe and appropriate manner.
This letter can be used and adapted to request that staff complete the Zero Suicide Workforce Survey. It should be sent from the chief executive officer, or someone else in a position of leadership, to all staff members.
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.
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.
This list of screening tools from the Center for Integrated Health Solutions includes many options for screening for suicide and depression risk.
This card assists clinicians in conducting a suicide assessment using a five-step evaluation and triage plan to identify risk factors and protective factors, conduct a suicide inquiry, determine risk level and potential interventions, and document a treatment plan.
A fill-in-the-blank template for developing a safety plan with a patient who is at increased risk for a suicide attempt.
This quick guide for clinicians may be used to develop a safety plan—a prioritized written list of coping strategies and sources of support to be used by patients who have been deemed to be at high risk for suicide.
Safety Plan is a free mobile safety planning app developed by the New York State Office of Mental Health, along with the New York State Psychiatric Institute, the Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene and the New York State Suicide Prevention Initiative. Safety Plan helps individuals identify suicide warning signs, create coping strategies, identify positive contacts and social settings to distract from the crisis, identify family members and friends available to help, find professional help and resources, and make their environment safe from lethal means that may be used in a suicide attempt.
MY3 is a free mobile safety planning app developed in partnership between the California Mental Health Services Authority and the Link2Health Solutions. With My3, users define their network and their plan to stay safe.
This letter can be used and adapted to announce the commitment to improve the care provided to patients who are struggling with suicide and the adoption of the Zero Suicide approach. It should be sent from the chief executive officer, or someone else in a position of leadership, to all staff members.
This free, online training from the New York State Office of Mental Health and Columbia University provides an overview of the instrument and teaches how and when to administer it in real world settings. Behavioral healthcare practitioners in New York State working in non-profit settings can receive a certificate of completion by completing the training through the Center for Practice Innovations (CPI) Learning Community. Practitioners outside of New York State are not eligible to receive a certificate of completion.
Three versions of the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale are available for use in clinical practice. The Lifetime/Recent version allows practitioners to gather lifetime history of suicidality as well as any recent suicidal ideation and/or behavior. The Since Last Visit version of the scale assesses suicidality since the patient’s last visit. The Screener version of the C-SSRS is a truncated form of the full version.
The PHQ-9 is used to diagnose and monitor the severity of depression. Question 9 screens for the presence and duration of suicide ideation.
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