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. Download a sharable one-pager about Zero Suicide Results here.
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.
Riveredge Hospital is the largest free-standing psychiatric facility in the state of Illinois and is part of the Universal Health Services (UHS) system which is the largest inpatient psychiatric hospital system in the United States. Since 2015 dozens of hospitals across the UHS system have implemented Zero Suicide.
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 Chickasaw Nation Departments of Health and Family Services began Zero Suicide implementation in September 2016, first starting in the emergency department (ED) and soon after expanding to all clinical settings (outpatient clinic visits, dental visits, ED visits, acute and intensive care unit admissions).