Zero Suicide Initiative

The MN Health Collaborative and the MN Department of Health have partnered to advance suicide prevention and intervention efforts within healthcare. Based on the seven essential elements of the nationally acclaimed Zero Suicide Model, the new Zero Suicide Initiative will help design and nurture a less fragmented system to support patients at risk for suicide.


What is Zero Suicide?

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, which is 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.