The Zero Suicide methodology is a discrete set of tools and processes that work together to reduce deaths by suicide in care within health and behavioural health systems. It represents both a bold goal and an aspirational challenge that clinicians and others are wanting to embed in their practice and the teams that they work within.
For care systems, this approach can sometimes appear challenging but really it truly reaffirms a commitment:
- To consumer/patient safety, the most fundamental responsibility of any care system
- To the safety and support of clinical and community based staff, who do the demanding work of treating and supporting suicidal patients.
- Zero Suicide is more than just an aspiration. It is based on the realisation that suicidal individuals often fall through the cracks in a sometimes fragmented and distracted care and justice systems. A systematic approach to quality improvement in these settings is both available and necessary.
- The challenge and implementation of Zero Suicide cannot be borne solely by the practitioners providing clinical care. Zero Suicide requires a system/community-wide approach to improve outcomes and close gaps to keep people safe.
Suicide Prevention Training
This training is under construction. We are aiming to have this live early 2019.