Zero Suicide Resources for Professionals

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.

Zero Suicide Resources for Professionals

Clinician Survivors and Loss


Emergency Care

First Nations

Inpatient 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.

Lethal Means Restriction


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.

Primary Care

Psychiatry Resources


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.

SAMHSA Resources

  • Mobile Resources to Support Behavioral Health:  Download Free Apps from SAMHSA
  • Promote positive behavioral health in your community. SAMHSA has resources that can help address some of the toughest mental health and substance use challenges, including suicide prevention, bullying prevention, behavioral health following a disaster, and underage drinking prevention.
    • Suicide Safe helps health care providers integrate suicide prevention strategies into their practice and address suicide risk among their patients.
    • KnowBullying provides information and guidance on ways to prevent bullying and build resilience in children. A great tool for parents and educators, KnowBullying is meant for kids ages 3 to 18.
    • SAMHSA Disaster App provides responders with access to critical resources—like Psychological First Aid and Responder Self-Care—and SAMHSA’s Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator to help responders provide support to survivors after a disaster.
    • Talk. They Hear You is an interactive game that can help parents and caregivers prepare for one of the more important conversations they may ever have with children—underage drinking.

Learn more and download SAMHSA’s free mobile apps here

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.

Substance Misuse

Suicide Specific Treatment Resources




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