Zero Suicide Academy

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

2015 Zero Suicide Academy™ | June 24–25, 2015

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) is recruiting pioneer health and behavioral health care organizations from across the country interested in implementing the innovative Zero Suicide framework and invites organizations to apply for participation in this two-day intensive workshop. During the Zero Suicide Academy, SPRC and Zero Suicide faculty will provide interactive presentations and small group sessions.

2015 Zero Suicide Academy™ Call for Applications

Applications are due May 5, 2015 by 5pm ET.

Download Application


Faculty at the 2015 Zero Suicide Academy will include:

  • Brian K. Ahmedani, PhD, LMSW, Research Scientist, Henry Ford Health System, Center for Health Policy & Health Services Research
  • Sarah A. Bernes, MPH, MSW, Research Associate, Suicide Prevention Resource Center
  • David W. Covington, LPC, MBA, CEO & President, Recovery Innovations, Co-Lead Zero Suicide Advisory Group
  • John Draper, PhD, Project Director, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, President, Link2Health Solutions, Inc
  • Julie Goldstein Grumet, PhD, Director of Prevention and Practice, Suicide Prevention Resource Center
  • Michael Hogan, PhD, Independent Advisor and Consultant, Hogan Health Solutions LLC, Co-Lead Zero Suicide Advisory Group
  • David A. Jobes, PhD, ABPP, Professor of Psychology, The Catholic University of America
  • Virna Little, PsyD, LCSW-r, Senior Vice President Psychosocial Services, The Institute for Family Health
  • Becky Stoll, LCSW, Vice President, Crisis & Disaster Management, Centerstone
  • Ursula Whiteside, PhD, Research Scientist, Forefront

2014 Zero Suicide Academy™ | June 26–27, 2014

The first-ever Zero Suicide Academy was held in June 2014 for a select group of health care organizations seeking to transform their systems to dramatically reduce suicides among patients in their care. During this two-day training, sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), participants learned how to incorporate best and promising practices into their organizations and processes to improve care and safety for those at risk for suicide. They also collaborated with the Zero Suicide Academy faculty to develop their own action plans.

“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, Suicide Prevention Resource Center and member of the leadership team for the Action Alliance’s Zero Suicide priority. “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.”

2014 Zero Suicide Academy™ Press Release

Through a competitive application selection process, 16 health care organizations were selected to attend the inaugural Zero Suicide Academy.

View Press Release

ZSA Day 1 and Day 2 549-240x135.jpg

ZS Academy
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.