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Show Me Zero Suicide Academy Offers OMC An Approach to Suicide Safe Care

Show Me Zero Suicide Academy Offers OMC An Approach to Suicide Safe Care

2nd Missouri Show Me Zero Suicide Academy

Jefferson City, MO – Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) participated in the 2nd Show Me Zero Suicide Academy to transform behavioral health care systems to reduce suicides among people in their care. In this two-day training, sponsored by the Missouri Department of Mental Health and the Coalition of Community Behavioral Healthcare Centers, health and behavioral healthcare organizations learned how to incorporate best and promising practices to improve care and safety for those at risk for suicide. Organizations are challenged to make suicide a never event within their own systems of care. Academy attendees collaborated with the Show Me Zero Suicide Academy faculty to develop action plans.

Zero Suicide is a commitment to suicide prevention in health and behavioral healthcare and also a specific set of tools and strategies. It is both a concept and a practice. Its premise is that suicide deaths for people under care are preventable and that the bold goal of zero suicides among persons receiving care is an aspirational challenge that health and behavioral healthcare systems should accept. The Zero Suicide approach aims to improve care and outcomes for individuals at risk of suicide in health and behavioral healthcare systems.

The promotion of the adoption of “zero suicides” represents a commitment to patient safety – the most fundamental responsibility of health and behavioral healthcare – and also to the safety and support of staff that treats and support suicidal patients.

Transforming care to make suicide a never event occurs through leadership, policies, practices, and outcome measurement. Zero Suicide concepts are embedded in the Joint Commissions 2016 sentinel event alert, trauma informed care initiatives and the Excellence in Mental Health Care demonstration project.

The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (www.ActionAllianceforSuicidePrevention.org) is the public-private partnership working to advance the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention and make suicide prevention a national priority. Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) operates the Secretariat for the Action Alliance, which was launched in 2010 by former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates with the goal of saving 20,000 lives in five years.

For more information contact OMC Behavioral Healthcare at 417-257-6762.

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