Zero Suicide Academy

The academy provides tools and support for organizations to adopt approaches to dramatically reduce suicide among patients receiving care.

What is the Zero Suicide Academy™?

The Zero Suicide Academy™ is a two-day training for senior leaders of health and behavioral health care organizations that seek to dramatically reduce suicides among patients in their care. Using the Zero Suicide framework, participants learn how to incorporate best and promising practices into their organizations and processes to improve care and safety for individuals at risk. Zero Suicide faculty provide both interactive presentations and small group sessions, and collaborate with participants to develop organization-specific action plans. The Zero Suicide Academy is presented by EDC, Inc.

“The Zero Suicide Academy grew out of a rising interest by health care organizations to learn how to provide better care for those at risk for suicide. The tools exist to improve care for those struggling with suicide, and there is evidence that a comprehensive approach works,” said Julie Goldstein Grumet, Director of Prevention and Practice at SPRC “Suicide is preventable, and health care systems need to embrace and work towards the aspirational goal of preventing ALL suicide deaths for patients in their care.”

Upcoming Zero Suicide Academies™

Previously Held Zero Suicide Academies™

2016 Colorado Zero Suicide Academy™ | June 2016

The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, Office of Suicide Prevention, in partnership with the Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health, and The Anschutz Foundation are pleased to bring the Zero Suicide Academy™ to Colorado, with additional support from the Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council and the Community Reach Center.Applications are being sought from clinical care providers within mental and behavioral health settings, including community mental health centers and four regional crisis systems. Hospital systems, integrated care facilities, emergency departments, community health centers (FQHCs), and large health systems are also encouraged to apply and will be accommodated as space allows.

2016 Wisconsin Zero Suicide Academy™ | June 2016

The Wisconsin Zero Suicide Academy™ was sponsored by Mental Health America of Wisconsin with grant support from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Fourteen health and behavioral health care organizations were selected to attend.

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2016 Missouri Zero Suicide Academy™ | April 2016

The Missouri Zero Suicide Academy™ is sponsored by the Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare and the Missouri Department of Mental Health. Eligibility is limited to members of the Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare. Seventeen health and behavioral health care organizations were selected to attend.

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2016 Cincinnati, Ohio Zero Suicide Academy™ | May 2016

The Cincinnati, Ohio Zero Suicide Academy™ is the second of six Zero Suicide Academies™ sponsored by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS). Eligibility is limited to health and behavioral health care organizations who serve clients in the Summit Behavioral Healthcare Region. Four health and behavioral health care organizations were selected to attend.

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2016 Massillon, Ohio Zero Suicide Academy™ | April 2016

The Massillon, Ohio Zero Suicide Academy™ is the first of six Zero Suicide Academies™ sponsored by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS). Eligibility is limited to health and behavioral health care organizations who serve clients in the Heartland Behavioral Healthcare and Appalachian Behavioral Healthcare Regions. Six health and behavioral health care organizations were selected to attend.

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2016 Utah Zero Suicide Academy™ | February 2016

The Utah Zero Suicide Academy™ is sponsored by the Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH). Nineteen health and behavioral health care organizations were selected to attend.

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2015 Zero Suicide Academy™ for American Indian and Alaska Native Communities | December 2015

Thirteen Indian Health Service, tribal, and urban health and behavioral health care organizations have been chosen to attend the first Zero Suicide Academy for American Indian and Alaska Native Communities.

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2015 Zero Suicide Academy™ | June 2015

Twenty health and behavioral health care organizations were selected to attend the 2015 Zero Suicide Academy.

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2014 Zero Suicide Academy™ | June 2014

Sixteen health and behavioral health care organizations were selected to attend the inaugural Zero Suicide Academy.

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David Covington, Ursula Whiteside, Leah Harris, and John Draper, Zero Suicide Advisory Group Members

SPRC and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention are able to make this web site available thanks to support from Universal Health Services (UHS) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) (grant 1 U79 SM0559945).

No official endorsement by SAMHSA, DHHS, or UHS for the information on this web site is intended or should be inferred.