Community Awareness Rallying to End Suicide

OCTOBER 5, 2017

“Zero Suicide” is more than just a program with a lofty goal. It’s a commitment to reaching that goal across a range of behavioral healthcare systems that provides a toolbox for professionals. A recent addition to the video toolkit, made available by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Suicide Prevention Resource Council (SPRC) outlines practices for suicidal patients as they are released from inpatient to outpatient care.

As such, Zero Suicide presents useful, lifesaving and practical ways with which providers who may have any interaction with suicidal patients can keep those people safe. It takes up where the suicide prevention first aid taught by the Jesse Klump Memorial Fund and so many other organizations leaves off.

Zero Suicide is a key concept of the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, a priority of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance), SPRC, and SAMHSA. The foundational belief of Zero Suicide is that suicide deaths for individuals under care within health and behavioral health systems are preventable.

The latest webinar is part of a series that addresses protocols for reducing suicide in virtually every clinical and non-clinical setting, from the emergency room to self-care. This integrated approach recognizes that too many patients fall through the myriad of possible cracks in the healthcare continuum. A tightly systematic approach can help close the cracks.

A good place to begin learning about Zero Suicide is by going to Zero Suicide. The first webinar in the series is at Zero Suicide Webinar Series. This opening webinar introduces the concepts of Zero Suicide, and at its conclusion viewers will understand the seven dimensions of Zero Suicide and will have a handle on the Zero Suicide Toolbox presented in subsequent webinars.