Systems describe their experience in implementing and measuring Zero Suicide approaches.
Case studies provide compelling insights.
Results from systems implementing Zero Suicide are rolling in. Reported benefits of using the Zero Suicide model have included a spectrum of care improvements including increases in quality of care and also longer-term outcomes such as reductions in suicide deaths, decreases in hospitalizations, and cost savings. Follow the path of systems like yours to learn how to shape your own Zero Suicide outcomes.
Avera Health, an integrated Catholic health system serving South Dakota and surrounding states began implementing Zero Suicide in 2016. After engaging senior leadership and staff and refining clinical practices, Avera observed several key improvements in care from July 2016-June 2018.
The Missouri Department of Mental Health has provided leadership for Zero Suicide implementation in the state since 2014. It subsequently engaged each of the state’s community behavioral health centers (CBHC) in Zero Suicide by offering multiple consultation opportunities with Zero Suicide experts and by leading and developing a robust learning collaborative.
Inspired by the momentum of Zero Suicide in the field of health and behavioral health care, in 2013, Sweetser leadership—for the first time—added the goal to eliminate suicide among its clients as part of its strategic plan, where it remains a focus to this day.
In 2013 and 2014, Aspire Indiana identified an increase in the number and percentage of people in our communities dying by suicide by measuring the number of coroner reports stating a cause of death by suicide and comparing it to the number of all causes of death for people we serve. To address that trend, we decided to implement a Zero Suicide initiative.
The Betty Hardwick Center started its Zero Suicide implementation in 2017. Our primary focus was engagement in treatment after a crisis event, reduction in psychiatric inpatient hospital admissions and readmissions, and reduction in deaths caused by suicide in our client population.