In the United States alone, someone dies by suicide once every 11 minutes. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for individuals 20 to 34 years of age in Tennessee and affects people of all ages, races, and socioeconomic groups. While there is no typical victim, suicide is one of the most preventable causes of death. Anyone can step in and prevent a tragedy if they are able to identify someone in crisis and approach properly.
The reality is:
Zero Suicide was created to help healthcare systems prevent patients from slipping through the cracks in care.
What is Zero Suicide?
We can reach Zero Suicide by providing safe and effective care. To do this, an organization must focus on seven key elements
What can you do if you suspect someone is contemplating suicide?
Learn the warning signs.
Become available. Show interest and support.
if the person is thinking about suicide. Talk openly and freely about suicide.
Be willing to listen
the person to resources.
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
ASIST is a two-day in-person suicide intervention training. It is designed for anyone over the age of sixteen, from community members to those who work directly with those experiencing thoughts of suicide. The training covers warning signs, providing an intervention, and developing a collaborative safety plan with the person experiencing thoughts of suicide.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a day-long intensive mental health training. You’ll learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of suicide at three stages: early, worsening, and crisis. You will also learn how to intervene with someone experiencing a mental health challenge by learning the ALGEE Action Plan. This training takes approximately 8 hours to complete and can be completed in person, virtually, or in a hybrid format. We offer MHFA for Adults and MHFA for Youth, as well as modules for First Responders and Military/Veterans, so you can customize the training to the population you work with.
Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)
QPR is a one to two-hour virtual or in-person training about suicide prevention. It is designed for anyone over the age of eighteen. Participants learn how to recognize warning signs of suicide, ways to initiate conversation, and methods of providing help.
Signs of Suicide (SOS)
Signs of Suicide (SOS) is an hour-long universal suicide prevention training for middle and high school students that teaches students how to recognize warning signs of suicide in themselves and their friends and peers. In addition to the Middle School and High School curriculum, we also offer trainings for school staff and for parents. In the SOS program, students learn how to ACT- Acknowledge signs of suicide, demonstrate they Care, and Tell a trusted adult. SOS is an interactive program with age-appropriate videos and guided classroom discussions about how to help a friend showing signs of suicide.