Zero Suicide in Vermont

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About Zero Suicide

A commitment to suicide prevention in health and behavioral health care systems.

Zero Suicide, a project of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC), is a key concept of the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention and a priority of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.

Implementation of Zero Suicide

The foundational belief of Zero Suicide is that suicide deaths for individuals under care within health and behavioral health systems are preventable. It presents both a bold goal and an aspirational challenge.

Vermont, in its efforts to remain at the forefront of evidence-based practice, is taking on this challenge. The 
Vermont Department of Mental Health has chosen Zero Suicide as the framework for current state efforts in health care systems. As Vermont aligns its efforts with the National Strategy, the results and successes of this growing national 
initiative in communities around the country present an opportunity to have an immediate impact on the number of deaths by suicide.

Elements of Suicide Care for Health and Behavioral Health Care Systems to Adopt


Make an explicit commitment to reducing deaths.


Develop a competent, confident, and caring workforce.


Assess patients for suicide risk.


All individuals are at-risk of suicide using a suicide care management plan.


Suicidal thoughts and behaviors using evidence-based treatments.


Individuals through care with warm hand-offs and supportive contacts.

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