Our Goal: Zero Suicide for Tompkins County

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On October 16th, The Sophie Fund held a meeting with local organizations in Tompkins County to introduce and implement the Zero Suicide Model. With help from Suicide Prevention & Crisis Services of Tompkins County and the New York State Suicide Prevention Office, they invited senior healthcare leaders from Tompkins County government, medical centers, and local colleges to attend. The meeting had a great turnout with representatives from Tompkins County Public Health, Tompkins County Mental Health, Cayuga Medical Center, Family & Children’s Services of Ithaca, Cornell University, Ithaca College, and Tompkins Cortland Community College in attendance.

The Sophie Fund is  hoping that this meeting will encourage local healthcare leaders to commit to developing plans to implement the Zero Suicide Model in Tompkins County. The Sophie Fund is available to assist local organizations in implementing this project by providing resources such as implementation toolkits, readings, self-studies, webinars, as well as two-day trainings.

The Zero Suicide Model or the Suicide Safer Care Model, believes that suicides can be prevented by closing the gapes in the healthcare systems – that suicide deaths for individuals that are being care for within the health and behavioral health systems are preventable. Under this model, suicide prevention is a core responsibility of healthcare, entailing a systematic clinical approach through training staff, screening for suicide ideation, utilizing evidence-based interventions, continuous quality improvements, treating suicidality as a presenting problem instead of relying on the efforts of the crisis staff and individual clinicians.

Source: Our Goal: Zero Suicide for Tompkins County by the Sophie Fund – December 5, 2017