Zero Suicide in Health Systems

Implementing Zero Suicide in Health Systems

An aspirational answer to a complex challenge. The Implementation of Zero Suicide in Health Systems, funded by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is a framework to improve suicide care for those within health and behavioral health systems. 

The rate of suicide in Kansas increased 65 percent between 2001 and 2020. Most people who attempt suicide make some type of health care visit in the weeks or months before the attempt.

Putting into action each of the seven Zero Suicide elements will save lives. Watch this brief video to learn more about the program.


  1. Documents
  2. Data
  3. Toolkit

Seven Elements of Zero Suicide in Health Systems

The Seven Elements of Zero Suicide in Health Systems is a commitment to suicide prevention in health and mental health care systems by operationalizing the core components necessary to transform suicide care into seven elements.

  1. Lead
  2. Train
  3. Identify
  4. Engage


Lead a system-wide culture change committed to reducing suicide

  • Top leadership within the health system is committed to the belief that suicide is preventable.
  • Leadership assures staff believe that suicide can be prevented through in a safe and blame free culture.
  1. Treat
  2. Transition
  3. Improve


Treat suicidal thoughts and behaviors directly

  • Treatments used are evidence best practices and known to reduce suicide.
  • Care is provided in least restrictive setting.