The Zero Suicide Collaborative includes 17 adult and children’s hospitals across the country. Each health system has been awarded two-year, $100,000 grants to participate in the collaborative, and will receive comprehensive training and expert consultation from the Zero Suicide Institute.
The Zero Suicide Institute believes that suicide deaths for individuals under the care of health and behavioral health systems are preventable. Its framework is based on the realization that those at risk of suicide often fall through the cracks in a fast-paced and sometimes fragmented healthcare system. A systematic approach to quality improvement in these systems is both available and necessary to save lives. Zero Suicide provides such an approach: Its implementation requires transformative change that cannot be borne solely by the practitioners providing clinical care.
The collaborative includes a partnership with the State of Ohio and the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association (OCHA) focused on six children’s hospitals that are implementing system-wide and community-based efforts to prevent suicide.
Through an initiative of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services is making an investment in youth suicide prevention. The Cardinal Health Foundation is amplifying that work to create a fully integrated suicide prevention model from hospitals to home.
Each of the Zero Suicide Collaborative grantees is committed to patient safety, the safety and support of clinical staff, and to supporting a community focus on suicide prevention. Through the collaborative, grantees will track and share learnings and best practices with each other, with the Zero Suicide Institute and with Cardinal Health.