What is Zero Suicide?
Zero Suicide is a commitment to suicide prevention in health and mental health care systems. It involves the implementation of a set of evidence-based tools and strategies used in a strong pathway of care for people who are suicidal. When implemented effectively, Zero Suicide reduces suicide deaths.
This Institute is composed of two full days of teamwork and learning from national speakers and Vermont colleagues. It is designed to engage leadership teams who understand Zero Suicide at a deep practical level, and who promote and support the implementation in their own health systems in collaboration with state and community systems. The aim is to improve care and outcomes for individuals at risk of suicide in health care systems and to commit to the safety and support of clinical staff, who do the demanding work of treating and supporting suicidal patients.
15 teams from a variety of healthcare settings including Mental Health Agencies in VT, hospitals, primary care and elder care, and representing Blue Cross Blue Shield, One Care and VT Blueprint for Health gathered for the first day of a two day Zero Suicide Skills Institute to increase their knowledge about the problem of suicide in health systems. Guided by Dr. Michael Hogan, a national Zero Suicide Consultant, teams assessed organizational readiness to provide suicide safer care and identified next steps for their work. Dr. Steven Broer of Northwestern Counseling and Support, a pioneer of Zero Suicide in Vermont, and Dr. Thomas Delaney, UVM, suicide prevention evaluator and researcher, served as faculty presenting Vermont data and models. The event was coordinated and facilitated by VTSuicide Prevention Center. Teams will focus on clinical elements of screening, assessment, treatment, lethal means restriction, follow-up, care coordination, caring contact and consider linkages between organizations on the second day: June 6. Many thanks to all who attended for moving forward with this important work.
Thank you to all of the sponsors of the 2019 Zero Suicide Practice Institute: