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.
At the conclusion of the modules the health service will:
Understand and be able to apply the principles of
co-design to develop a local action plan
Have analysed and considered how to incorporate the elements into work practices and prioritise actions for the health service
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
Insights from people bereaved by suicide
The Illawarra Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention Collaborative share some important insights from those bereaved by suicide. Valuable resource for all who are working in suicide prevention. You can view them here.
Providing health service staff with training in suicide and its prevention is an important part of ZSH implementation. View online at Life In Mind or the PDF version ZSH Directory of Training programs.
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.