Would you recognize suicide risk if you saw it?

Zero Suicide Initiative – Conference Held June 7-8, 2016

Over 170 participants attended to learn about and support an audacious goal:  Making suicide a “never event” in our community. The 111 evaluation respondents indicated:

Percent that Will Change the Way They Work with Patients or Clients.
93%
Percentage of Participants that Enjoyed and Learned from ZSI
94%

What are the Core Concepts of the ZSI approach?

  • Suicide deaths for people under care are preventable.
  • Treatment of depression alone will not effectively prevent suicidality.
  • The bold goal of zero suicides among persons receiving care is one that health systems should embrace.
  • The goal requires a system-wide approach involving the broader community.
  • The approach is based on the realization that suicidal individuals often fall through multiple cracks in fragmented healthcare systems.
  • Key areas of focus are means reduction, including eliminating suicide locations within communities.

What is different about the ZSI approach?

  • A Collaborative Safety Plan (formulated by the patient and provider) is completed with every patient experiencing suicidality.
  • This Safety Plan discussion must include “means reduction” (how to eliminate access to guns and other methods of suicide).
  • A “warm hand-off” is conducted, which means a follow-up appointment with an outpatient provider is made while the patient is still in the hospital or clinic.
  • A follow-up phone call is made within 72 hours to patients discharged from the Emergency Room, an impatient unit or a clinic visit with a Collaborative Safety Plan.

Check Out What Participants had to say about Zero Suicide Initiative

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.

Our Conference Speakers Enjoyed the Experience too

Congratulations again on an OUTSTANDING ZS Conference – I was thrilled and honored to be a part of it.

Ed Coffey

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.

Becky Stoll

As you move this project forward in Dane County … I look forward to our continued collaboration!

Brian Ahmedani

SUICIDE CRISIS LINE

Dane County Suicide Crisis Line: (608) 280-2600

National Suicide Prevention Line:
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
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Safe Communities is not a counseling or crisis center and does not provide direct services. If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

our programs

We are currently focusing on three major program initiatives: 

ZERO SUICIDE INITIATIVE
ZERO SUICIDE INITIATIVE

A Collaborative Safety Plan (formulated by the patient and provider) is completed with every patient experiencing suicidality.
This Safety Plan discussion must include “means reduction” (how to eliminate access to guns and other methods of suicide).

QPR TRAINING
QPR TRAINING

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.

GUN SHOP PROJECT
GUN SHOP PROJECT

Over the next few months we will be producing and distributing materials and training to area gun shops on suicide prevention. As mentioned during the conference, our coordinator, Jean Papalia, has already reached out to gun shop owners and plans are in the works.

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OUR SUPPORTERS

UnityPoint Health-Meriter Foundation

Journey Mental Health Center

The Medical Staff of UnityPoint Health-Meriter

UW Health

Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin

Community Outreach Partners

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