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Resources for Inpatient Mental Health Settings

Patients admitted into a hospital or clinic for at least one overnight stay are often experiencing a period of high risk for suicidal ideation. Patient safety and recovery can be enhanced in a number of ways, including screening and assessment; timely communications between all types of staff, including non-clinical staff; appropriate monitoring levels; modifications to the physical environment; practicing use of safety plans throughout the stay; involvement of support people; using evidence-based therapies for suicide; and post-discharge follow up.

Search for resources specific to Inpatient Mental Health below.

The Inpatient Organizational Self-Study is designed for organizations with a primary focus on inpatient health and behavioral health care settings. These may include more intensive levels of care such as partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient programs if managed under an inpatient organizational structure.

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Engage | Tools

The Treatments and Brief Interventions for Suicide-Specific Care lists and describes evidence-based suicide specific treatments and evidence-based suicide-specific brief interventions.

Lead | Tools

The Zero Suicide Inpatient Work Plan Template for should be used by an implementation team after completing the Zero Suicide Inpatient Organizational Self-Study. It is organized by the…

Engage | Tools

The Seattle Children's Hospital created a Zero Suicide Initiative Pathway for use with children and youth presenting for care to allow for standardized processes for suicide risk screening…

Transition | Tools

To help close these gaps that put individuals at increased risk for suicide after a psychiatric hospitalization, the Action Alliance (…

Lead | Tools

The Joint Commission released a revision of National Patient Safety Goal 15.01.01 in May 2019 with seven new and revised elements of performance applicable to all Joint Commission-accredited…

Lead | Tools

The Inpatient Organizational Self-Study is designed for organizations with a primary focus on inpatient health and behavioral health care settings. These may include more intensive levels of care…

Transition | Readings

Abstract: Providing follow-up calls to patients after they leave the hospital is not only good clinical practice, but it can help with the bottom line. In this study, the authors…

Engage | Tools

Universal Health Services, Inc., Behavioral Health Division has shared a detailed suicide care management plan template for inpatient hospital settings.

Transition | Tools

NowMattersNow.org has created a template for Caring Contacts that includes a printable card redirecting recipients to the resources on their website…

Engage | Videos

Dr. David Jobes discusses the science behind suicide-specific brief interventions. 

Treat | Videos

Dr. David Jobes explains the current most promising evidence-based psychological treatments for suicidal ideation.

Engage | Videos

Dr. Vince Watts, director of the VA Interprofessional Fellowship in Patient Safety, gives insight on the process of creating collaborative safety plans.

Lead | Videos

National Center for Trauma-Informed Care trainer Leah Harris discusses the many ways lived experience expertise can increase the quality of treatment and foster trust between care providers and…

Lived Experience | Videos

Lived experience expert Diana Cortez-Yanez discusses transitions through care and the supportive contacts that helped her recover.

Lead | Videos

Lived Experience expert Diana Cortez-Yanez relates the care she received that made a positive impact on her recovery.