New Suicide Prevention Initiative Enlists Health Care Providers

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Collaborative Initiative Aims to Improve Suicide Care in Hospitals

Suicide is a significant public health concern, with over 48,000 lives lost to it in the U.S. in 2021. Research reveals that nearly half of those who died by suicide had interactions with the healthcare system in the month preceding their death, presenting an opportunity for healthcare providers to detect and provide appropriate care to individuals at risk. However, not all healthcare settings possess the knowledge and resources needed to implement best practices effectively.

A new effort, led by The Pew Charitable Trusts and Education Development Center’s Zero Suicide Institute (ZSI), seeks to demonstrate that a diverse group of hospitals can expand and enhance their suicide care practices. The Suicide Care Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) is a network of hospitals nationwide, serving diverse geographic areas and populations, aiming to test evidence-informed methods to identify suicide risk and link patients to appropriate treatment, guided by ZSI experts.

The initiative involves hospitals from various regions and backgrounds, including South Carolina Department of Mental Health Division of Inpatient Services, Mennonite Health System in Puerto Rico, Cambridge Health Alliance in Massachusetts, Trinity Health Ann Arbor in Michigan, Trinity Health Grand Rapids in Michigan, Royal Oaks Hospital in Missouri, and Community Health Network – Community Fairbanks Behavioral Health in Indiana.

These healthcare organizations share a commitment to reducing suicide’s impact on individuals, families, and communities. By collaborating, they aim to enhance prevention and support services, employ evidence-based practices, and raise awareness to combat this pressing public health issue.

Through collective efforts and shared insights, this initiative aims to make a meaningful difference in addressing suicide risk and prevention within the healthcare system and broader communities.

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