Safe Communities is coordinating a Zero Suicide partnership that includes all area health care systems as well as community organizations with a role to play in suicide prevention. The initiative is modeled after Henry Ford Health Care System’s program, which demonstrated an 80% reduction in suicide among health care plan members. National Zero Suicide leaders – including Edward Coffey, MD and Brian Ahmedani, PhD, who implemented the Henry Ford project, and Becky Stoll of Centerstone Behavioral Health in Tennessee – are advising us. Zero Suicide is a key concept of the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, a priority of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance), a project of Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC), and supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Coordinate Community-wide Zero Suicide Team: Behavioral health leaders from UW Health, SSM Health, UnityPoint Health, Journey Mental Health, Group Health Cooperative, Stoughton Hospital and the William S. Middleton VA Hospital meet every 6 weeks – 2 months to collaborate on implementation of Zero Suicide. In addition, each system launched an internal work team to advance Zero Suicide within their organizations.
Exploring Overlap between Suicide and the Drug Overdose Epidemic: September 14, 2017 Safe Communities hosted a Zero Suicide Conference featuring a panel discussion to explore the overlap between addiction and suicide. Recent data suggests that people with substance use disorders are about six times more likely to die by suicide than the general population. One panel member shared her experience with childhood trauma, heroin addiction, suicide attempts and how she came to find recovery.
High level, then dug into the “how”. This made it very valuable, doesn’t often happen at conferences.
Excited to implement changes in my private practice.
I feel energized and am looking forward to sharing this information with my agency – and with my family and friends as well. Thank you.
Congratulations again on an OUTSTANDING ZS Conference – I was thrilled and honored to be a part of it.
Thank you so much for the chance to spend some time with you all this week working on suicide prevention. You all are truly ahead of the game and leaders in this space.
As you move this project forward in Dane County … I look forward to our continued collaboration!
Dane County Suicide Crisis Line: (608) 280-2600
National Suicide Prevention Line:
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We are currently focusing on three major program initiatives:
Safe Communities is coordinating a Zero Suicide partnership that includes all area health care systems, as well as community organizations with a role to play in suicide prevention. The initiative is modeled after Henry Ford Health Care System’s program, which demonstrated an 80% reduction in suicide among health care plan members.
Safe Communities offers a free QPR (Question Persuade Refer) training where participants learn the warning signs for suicide, how to offer hope, and how to seek help to save a life.
QPR is CPR for Suicide Prevention.
Safe Communities launched a replication of New Hampshire’s Project Connect Guns Shop Project in 2016. The program is promoted on Harvard University’s Means Matters website as a means reduction strategy.