Getting started with Zero Suicide Healthcare

Register here for the Zero Suicide Healthcare (ZSH) introductory online course. It includes six modules to provide health services with a basic understanding of the approach and factors to consider when planning implementation.

Audience for online training

The course is open to any person interested in the Zero Suicide Healthcare framework. When implementing this approach health services should establish a multi-disciplinary team with both clinical and non-clinical staff and co-chaired by a member who has lived experience of suicide alongside health service leadership.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the modules the health service will:

  1. Understand and be able to apply the principles of
    co-design to develop a local action plan

  2. Have analysed and considered how to incorporate the elements into work practices and prioritise actions for the health service

  3. Be aware of the range of resources available to support the co-design of a workplan for implementation.

Structure of the online workshops

Each of the six modules includes some reading and/or activity. It is estimated that the time to complete the full program is approximately 3 hours or an average of 30 minutes per module. At the conclusion of each module additional resources to support teams with implementation are listed. These are not required reading but may be useful when designing and delivering the Zero Suicide approach.

Resources to support Zero Suicide Healthcare implementation

The US Based Zero Suicide Institute has a wealth of resources to help design and implement a Zero Suicide Healthcare approach. 

 

Here you will find additional Australian resources to help understand and plan an approach for your health service.

Videos and webinars

The video series below showcases Australian experts discussing the seven elements of the Zero Suicide Healthcare framework and considerations to address when implementing systems change.

View the latest webinar on Zero Suicide  Healthcare and a Restorative Just Culture: the Gold Coast Experience

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Training

Providing health service staff with training in suicide and its prevention is an important part of ZSH implementation. View the ZSH Directory of Training programs.

Evaluation Framework

Explore the outcomes you are seeking to achieve with ZSH implementation. 

Want more information to plan your ZSH approach? Read the full Evaluation Framework with outcomes, actions and measures.

Videos supporting Zero Suicide Healthcare

ZSH ELEMENT: LEAD

Leaders must understand their context and focus on a just, safety-driven culture informed by evidence and lived expertise.

ZSH ELEMENT: TRAIN

Training in suicide prevention builds staff competencies and confidence in working with suicidal people.

ZSH ELEMENT: IDENTIFY

Person-centred, treatment-oriented screening and assessment for suicidality is practised using risk formulation. 

ZSH ELEMENT: ENGAGE

Active participation of people, health professionals and family members or carers in safety planning and transition to aftercare.

ZSH ELEMENT: TREAT

Care management is determined through productive patient and staff interactions.Treat suicidalitydirectly in the least restrictive settings.

ZSH ELEMENT: TRANSITION 

Shared service responsibilities and communication between clinical staff within the hospital and providers in the wider community.

ZSH ELEMENT: IMPROVE

Continuous quality improvement has its foundations in data collection and analysis and importantly, its application. 

ZSH ELEMENT: LIVED EXPERTISE

Integral to system transformation is lived expertise. Pain and distress must be acknowledged in a timely, respectful and caring manner.

ZSH ELEMENT: LIVED EXPERIENCE

Those with lived experience of suicidal behaviours bring unique insights to support healthcare systems transformation.

GOLD COAST IMPLEMENTATION

The Gold Coast Mental Health and Specialist Services began the journey to Zero Suicide Healthcare in 2015. It was ambitious and required open and frank conversations. 

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