Experts describe how to support a motivated workforce, the cornerstone of successful Zero Suicide implementation.

Workforce Adoption of Zero Suicide

Transformational leaders know an inspired workforce is the only way to make Zero Suicide a success.

Zero Suicide requires transformational leadership who encourage, inspire, and motivate their teams that suicide is a core responsibility of health care. Adoption of Zero Suicide includes educating the entire health care workforce about what adoption of Zero Suicide means, what the framework and interventions entail, and how and why it will improve patient care and outcomes. Further, leadership needs to commit to a just culture as central to the success of this approach and convey that to staff through training and actions.

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Workforce Motivation Video Series

Center the Workforce Perspective

Centerstone, in partnership with Zero Suicide Institute, and the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, developed a series of brief videos for health care leaders, advocates, and implementation teams to share with those who work in the health care system to help introduce and frame the role and potential impact of Zero Suicide. These videos answer some commonly asked questions or concerns posed by health care workers as their organizations begin a Zero Suicide journey.

Speakers highlight what effective and committed leadership looks like in a Zero Suicide culture, how Zero Suicide increases staff morale and improves patient care by reducing clinician burnout, the important role of self-care and support for clinicians, and how effective and targeted suicide treatment saves lives. Health care leaders, advocates, and anyone interested in furthering the conversation about optimal suicide care can share one or all of these videos to facilitate dialogue and encourage change.

Meet the Experts

The speakers in the series are:

  • Brian Ahmedani, Director of Research, Center for Health Policy & Health Services Research, Behavioral Health Services, Henry Ford Health System
  • Diana Cortez Yanez, Lived Experience Consultant and Peer Support Specialist
  • Julie Goldstein Grumet, Director of the Zero Suicide Institute
  • Becky Stoll, Vice President, Crisis & Disaster Management, Centerstone

Learn how the values and attitudes of system leaders affect Zero Suicide implementation.

Choose a Video to Play


Learn how the values and attitudes of system leaders affect Zero Suicide implementation.


Zero Suicide implementation requires a team effort to overcome obstacles and workloads. 


Listen to lived experience expert Diana Cortez-Yanez tell her story.


How to integrate Zero Suicide implementation into everyday work.


How the values and attitudes of front-line staff affect patients experiencing suicidal thoughts and urges.


The skillset front line workers need to support patients at risk of suicide and feel supported in turn.


Zero Suicide is an aspirational and achievable goal. 


Addressing common concerns and solutions of frontline staff.


An overview of the Zero Suicide model.


To ensure that health care systems are doing everything possible to support every patient, there is no other goal. 


Safe suicide care is the core responsibility of health and behavioral health care.


Every staff member no matter their position has an opportunity to create a culture that supports safe suicide care.


An overview of the seven elements of Zero Suicide.


Describing the qualities of a Zero Suicide clinician. 


How to create a Zero Suicide culture in any health care system.


Centering the voices of lived experience experts and suicide loss survivors. 


Successful implementation of Zero Suicide depends on the work of clinicians who feel supported.