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
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.