Zero Suicide in Health and Behavioral Health Care

New eLearning workshops available!New eLearning workshops available!

Made possible by the NY State Office of Mental Health and Columbia University.

If you are a behavioral healthcare practitioner in New York State working in a not for profit setting and would like a certificate of completion, please complete the training through the Center for Practice Innovations (CPI) Learning Community and choose “suicide prevention” from the home page.

Recorded Webinars

The Emerging Zero Suicide Paradigm
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Screening and Assessment for Suicide in Health Care Settings:
A Patient-Centered Approach

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Safety Planning and Means Reduction in Large Health Care Organizations
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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...


Zero Suicide Toolkit

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.

Meet Our Champions

Former Sen. Gordon Smith
An Advocate’s Perspective

Ed Coffey
A CEO's Perspective

Eduardo Vega
A Consumer's Perspective

Mike Hogan
A Policy-Making Perspective

Linda Rosenberg
A Behavioral Health Care Perspective

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