Zero Suicide Initiative

Since June 2015, KVC Hospitals was one of the 20 organizations selected throughout the nation to attend the second National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention Zero Suicide Academy in Washington, D.C. (Read more: KVC Hospitals Aims for Zero Suicides in Our Communities). During the Academy, organizations were presented with tools and resources to enhance the safety of those in their care at risk for suicide. KVC’s children’s psychiatric hospitals, including KVC Prairie Ridge Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., and KVC Wheatland Hospital in Hays, Kan., each year serve thousands of children and youth who struggle with depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts, feelings of violence and other challenges.

Zero Suicide Commitment

The ‘Zero Suicide’ approach, according to the National Action Alliance, is a commitment to suicide prevention in health and behavioral healthcare systems.  It is also a specific set of tools and strategies, as well as a concept and a practice.  Its core proposition is that suicide deaths for people under care are preventable. The bold goal of zero suicides among persons receiving care is an aspirational challenge that health systems should accept. The Zero Suicide approach aims to improve care and outcomes for individuals at risk of suicide in health care systems. It represents a commit to patient safety, the most fundamental responsibility of health care. Also, to the safety and support of clinical staff who treat and support suicidal patients.  Resources can be found at www.zerosuicide.com.