Zero Suicide Initiative

If your organization would like more support in implementing changes to prevent and support people at risk of suicide – now is the time.

Beginning in October 2020 ICSI and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) are partnering to bring training resources, implementation support, practical tips, and networking with other suicide prevention and intervention champions across the state. In this monthly learning collaborative, teams are developing goals and objectives, and create action plans to better help people in crisis.

SAVE THE DATE:  Suicide Prevention & Intervention in the ED 

Wednesday, Sept. 29, noon-1 pm
A Live Zoom Webinar
“Suicide remains a leading cause of death in Minnesota. We know how to intervene, help people decrease their suffering and avoid suicide. Implementing these interventions at the front line of emergency care is crucial to move from ‘knowing what to do to actually doing it.”Suzanne Witterholt, MD, DFAPA
Join this ICSI webinar, as presenters share updated guidance for suicide prevention and intervention in the ED. Grounded in the latest evidence and with practical implementation tips, these shared standards for care were developed by mental health and ED physician leaders across the state.
Suzanne Witterholt, MD, DFAPA  
Medical Director of Emergency Services and Complex Care
Allina Health:  Mental Health and Addiction Services
Jessica Malone MN, RN, PHN
Clinical Care Improvement Manager
Hennepin Healthcare: Psychiatry Service Line


Based on the seven essential elements of the nationally acclaimed Zero Suicide Model, this learning collaborative will help design and nurture a less fragmented system to support patients at risk for suicide. What is the Zero Suicide Model?

The foundational belief of Zero Suicide is that suicide deaths for individuals under the care of health and behavioral health systems are preventable. The Zero Suicide Model aims to improve care and outcomes for individuals at risk of suicide seen in health care systems. It offers the Zero Suicide Toolkit, a collection of information, tools, resources, and activities for health and behavioral health care leaders and leadership teams to assist them in implementing the seven elements of Zero Suicide:


  1. Lead: Create a leadership driven, safety-oriented culture committed to dramatically reducing suicide among people under care.
  2. Train: Develop competent, confident, and caring workforce.
  3. Identify: Systematically identify and assess suicide risk among people receiving care.
  4. Engage: Ensure everyone has a suicide care management plan.
  5. Treat: Use effective evidence-based treatments that directly target suicidality.
  6. Transition: Provide continuous contact and support.
  7. Improve: Apply a data driven approach to inform system change.

ICSI Members interested in participating in this initiative should contact  Sarah Horst via email.