Aiming for zero suicides

Date: 2015
(For resources, this is the publication date. For programs, this is the date posted.)


Type:  Report
Author:  Moulin, L
Publisher:  Centre for Mental Health

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This report is an evaluation of a program which was set up to develop services and became more focused on supporting those people not in touch with services. In 2013, the East of England Strategic Clinical Network (SCN) set up a program to aim for ‘zero suicides’ in the region. Four Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)were chosen to run pathfinder sites to improve outcomes for individuals and their carers, with a particular interest in partnership working, and that addressed clear gaps in services or the transition between services, and that demonstrated a commitment to engage ‘hard to reach’ patient groups and patients from ethnic minorities. The work was launched in the context of the shared vision and a ‘zero suicide’ ambition created in the launch workshop, led by Dr. Ed Coffey from Behavioral Health Services in Detroit. This was focused on each area setting ‘Wildly Important Goals’ (WIGs) and stretching targets with optimistic and ambitious expectations, and building on approaches developed in the US.

Settings:  Health Care, Primary Care, Emergency Departments, Outpatient Mental Health