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Zero Suicide is a commitment to suicide prevention in health and behavioral health care systems and also a specific set of tools and strategies. It is both a concept and a practice. Its core proposition is that suicide deaths for people under care are preventable and that the bold goal of zero suicides among persons receiving care is an aspirational challenge that health systems should accept.
The Zero Suicide approach aims to improve care and outcomes for individuals at risk of suicide in health care systems. It represents a commitment to patient safety--the most fundamental responsibility of health care--and also to the safety and support of clinical staff who do the demanding work of treating and supporting suicidal patients. Read more...
The Clinical Care and Intervention Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention identified essential dimensions of suicide prevention for health care systems, including health care plans or care organizations serving a defined population of consumers, such as behavioral health programs, integrated delivery systems, and comprehensive primary care programs. These dimensions are described in the Zero Suicide Toolkit.
The Learning Collaborative holds monthly conference calls to support one another in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of Zero Suicide efforts.
Contributors to the Zero Suicide in Health and Behavioral Health Care web site include: The Suicide Prevention Resource Center; Magellan Health Services of Arizona; the New York Office of Mental Health; the Kentucky Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities; the National Council for Behavioral Health; and the co-leads of the Clinical Care and Intervention Task Force, Mike Hogan and David Covington. Videos were produced by Vanguard Communications using footage created by David Covington and the communications staff at Henry Ford Health Services.
The Action Alliance is supported by grants (1 U79 SM059945; 3 U79 SM059945) from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
No official endorsement by SAMHSA or DHHS for the information on this website is intended or should be inferred.
The Secretariat of the Action Alliance is a project in EDC's Health and Human Development Division
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