Zero Suicide Academy Application


Colorado Office of Suicide Prevention Zero Suicide Academy


August 10th-11th, 2021


Virtual Academy - Online

Sponsoring Organization

Colorado Office of Suicide Prevention

Sponsoring Organization Email

Participant Eligibility

Only Colorado health systems (mental, physical, behavioral) are eligible. Applicants are to come with a team of 4 individuals, including the person identified as the lead for the system’s Zero Suicide initiative. Recommendations for team composition include:

Person(s) responsible and with authority for implementation decisions (e.g. Medical Director, CIO, ED, BH Director, or IT).

»      At least one senior leader/management (irrespective of discipline area).

»      At least one person who manages your electronic health records (EHR) system, quality improvement, or risk management.

»      At least one person (e.g., case manager, psychologist, social worker, nurse, other) who provides care to clients daily.

»      Teams are also strongly encouraged to include someone with direct lived experience of suicidal despair or attempt.

Selection Criteria

All organizations wishing to be considered for the Zero Suicide Academy must submit the application by the due date of June 14, 2021. Although applications will be reviewed as they come in, with some priority to first-come, first-serve; priority will also be given to teams or systems that have NOT attended a Zero Suicide Academy previously. Applicants will be notified of their Academy acceptance no later than Friday, June 18th.

Application Instructions

The lead applicant will receive all correspondence and must be one of the team members.

The Zero Suicide Academy application consists of:

1. A letter of commitment written by the organization’s CEO/Senior Executive Leader. The CEO/Senior Executive Leader should review and approve the submission and agree to the strategy proposed. Leadership letters of commitment to the Zero Suicide model created for other purposes are acceptable so long as they are dated within the prior 6 months.

2. A narrative that, in two to four pages, responds to the following: 

a.  Briefly describe the members of your team and the relevant skills, knowledge, and experience they bring to the Zero Suicide Academy.

b.  What are your team’s goals for participating in the Zero Suicide Academy™ and what does the team hope to learn during the training? Describe how you would like to apply Zero Suicide in your organization.

c.   What successes and/or challenges have you had with systems-change in your organization? Consider other collaborative efforts within your team and/or other quality improvement programs in your organization.

Note: Zero Suicide Implementation team members should include persons who can both champion Zero Suicide with passion and those who have some power and influence in your system. This can include clinical directors, senior clinical staff with coordination over a certain area or department, information technology, risk management or quality improvement, or person with lived experience.

3. A Zero Suicide Organizational Self-Study is to be completed by your implementation team members, along with your application. We offer two versions of the Organizational Self-Study: the General Organizational Self-Study and the Inpatient Organizational Self-Study. Organizations can choose to take one or both available Self-Studies. If you would like to review the questions before taking the survey, we offer a PDF of each version of the Self-Study. To access these resources, you will need to create an account on the Zero Suicide websiteThe Organizational Self-Study is due at the time of the time of application. A prior Organizational Self-Study is acceptable, as long as it was completed within the prior 12 months. 


June 4, 2021 4:00pm MT


Application released: 4/14/2021

Application due: 6/14/2021

Applicants notified of their status: 6/18/2021

Zero Suicide Academy conducted: Pre-Academy: Aug 5th; Academy Aug 10 & 11

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