Zero Suicide Resources

National Resources

From the Suicide Prevention and Resource Center and the Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.*

The Zero Suicide Toolkit offers many resources and tools to support the implementation of Zero Suicide.

Articles and Reports

Primary and Inpatient Care

  • Emergency Room:  Is Your Patient Suicidal? Signs of Suicide Risk
  • Caring for Adult Patients with Suicide Risk: A Consensus Guide for Emergency Departments (ED suicide prevention guide)
  • How Emergency Departments Can Help Prevent Suicide among At-Risk Patients: Five Brief Interventions (brief video)
  • Suicide Prevention in an Emergency Department Population: The ED-SAFE Study (JAMA article)
  • Primary Care Provider Curriculum:  This five-part curriculum is designed to inform primary care professionals working in public mental health settings about the unique aspects of behavioral health settings, the people they serve, as well as the opportunities and roles that primary care professionals play in helping to improve the whole health of individuals with serious mental illnesses.
  • Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Primary Care:
  • SPRC has announced a NEW – INPATIENT Organizational Self-study (OSS) designed for organizations with a primary focus on inpatient health and behavioral health care settings.  These may include more intensive levels of care such as partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient programs if those are managed under an inpatient organizational structure. This new tool was developed in partnership with UHS (Universal Health Services).
  • Best Practices in Care Transitions for Individuals with Suicide Risk: Inpatient Care to Outpatient Care.  – The transition from inpatient to outpatient behavioral health care is a critical time for patients with a history of suicide risk. These best practices have been developed to help health systems and providers close these gaps in care.

Clinician Survivors and Loss

Lethal Means Restriction

Safety Planning Resources

  • Safety Plan Template – Barbara Stanley, Ph.D. and Gregory K. Brown, Ph.D., developed the Safety Planning Intervention, and provide this template for clinicians.
  • VA Safety Plan Quick Guide for Clinicians – This safety planning quick guide was created by the Department of Veterans Affairs and offers a small brochure outlining the steps.

Screening and Assessment Resources

These research-proven tools are strongly recommended in the Zero Suicide Framework for screening all patients and clients. The best practice is universal screening of every patient at every visit.