It is the aim of MHMRCV to implement a Zero Suicide Framework, to make an implicit commitment to prevent and reduce suicide deaths among the individuals served by our Center and our community.
To achieve this objective MHMRCV is focusing on evidence-based training and educational opportunities for staff, volunteers, contract providers, and community providers to create a shift in beliefs that suicide is preventable. MHMRCV also recognizes the importance of self-care practices that address the such areas of physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual, and professional well-being of our staff.
Zero Suicide Framework and Radical Goal
The foundational belief of Zero Suicide is that suicide deaths for individuals under the care of behavioral health systems are preventable. For systems dedicated to improving patient safety and outcomes, Zero Suicide presents both an aspirational challenge and practical framework for system-wide transformation toward safer suicide care.
Elements of Zero Suicide
- Lead- Create a leadership-driven, safety-oriented culture committed to dramatically reducing suicide among people under care
- Train- A competent, confident, and caring workforce
- Identify- Systematically identify and assess suicide risk among people receiving care.
- Engage- Ensure every person has a suicide care management plan, or pathway to care, that is both timely and adequate to meet patient needs.
- Treat- Use effective, evidence-based treatments that directly target suicidality.
- Transition- Provide continuous contact and support, especially after acute care.
- Improve- Apply a data-driven quality improvement approach to inform system changes
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