What is Zero Suicide in Health and Behavioral Health Care?

The Zero Suicide framework is a system-wide, organizational commitment to safer suicide care in health and behavioral health care systems. The framework is based on the realization that suicidal individuals often fall through the cracks in a sometimes fragmented and distracted health care system. A systematic approach to quality improvement in these settings is both available and necessary.

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SUICIDE CARE ESSENTIALS

Action Alliance’s Clinical Care and Intervention Task Force identified seven essential elements of suicide care for health and behavioral health care systems to adopt. These are:

  • LEAD: system wide culture change
  • TRAIN: a workforce that is confident, caring, & competent
  • IDENTIFY: suicide risk using comprehensive screening & assessing
  • ENGAGE: all at-risk individuals using a care management plan
  • TREAT: suicidal thoughts & behaviors
  • TRANSITION: using warm-handoffs & support to individuals in need
  • IMPROVE: policies & procedures through continuous improvement

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