Zero Suicide in Health Systems

An aspirational answer to a complex challenge.


The rate of suicide in Kansas increased by 70 percent between 1999 and 2018.  Most people who attempt suicide make some type of health care visit in the weeks or months before the attempt.

The Implementation of Zero Suicide in Health Systems is a framework funded by a grant from Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration's that we have received to improve suicide care for those within health and behavioral health systems. Putting into action each of the seven Zero Suicide elements will save lives. 

The Seven Elements of Zero Suicide in Health Systems

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 & Assess
  4. Engage
  5. Treat
  6. Transition
  7. Improve

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.

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center, a federally funded project, developed the Zero Suicide Toolkit. Their complete toolkit uses research, tools and videos to walk implementers through putting the Zero Suicide framework into practice.