Zero Suicide in Health and Behavioral Health Care
Zero Suicide Academy Application
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Apply by April 15, 2014
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.
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.