Zero Suicide Academy

Zero Suicide Academy

The Zero Suicide Academy® is EDC’s signature two-day training for health and behavioral health organizations seeking to dramatically reduce suicides among those in their care.

Zero Suicide Academy Experience

At the Academy, implementation teams are introduced to the seven elements of Zero Suicide:

  1. Lead system-wide culture change committed to reducing suicides
  2. Train a competent, confident, and caring workforce
  3. Identify patients with suicide risk via comprehensive screenings and assessment
  4. Engage all individuals at-risk of suicide using a suicide care management plan
  5. Treat all suicidal thoughts and behaviors using evidence-based treatments
  6. Transition individuals through care with warm hand-offs and supportive contacts
  7. Improve policies and procedures through continuous quality improvement efforts

Led by our experienced ZSI staff and faculty, the Zero Suicide Academy provides health and behavioral health care teams with an invaluable opportunity to learn about the Zero Suicide framework, receive implementation guidance, and prepare for commonly faced challenges. Teams will also have the opportunity to network with similar organizations and establish relationships for ongoing assistance.

Academies cultivate the knowledge and motivation needed to launch and sustain the transformative work of Zero Suicide. Teams learn about the Zero Suicide framework, the seven elements, and begin implementation planning with consultation from our Zero Suicide experts.

How do I attend a Zero Suicide Academy?

A Zero Suicide Academy is hosted by a sponsor organization and is designed for a maximum of 16 implementation teams. While a health care organization may have 8-12 people on its Zero Suicide Implementation Team, Academies can accommodate a maximum of 4 people per system. 

Implementation teams from health and behavioral health organizations complete an application process to attend the Zero Suicide Academy. Academies often draw teams from across a state or region. Some academies focus on particular kinds of organizations—e.g., community mental health centers, hospital systems—while other academies are open to a wide range of organizations in a particular geographical area.

Is sponsoring a Zero Suicide Academy right for me?

If you’re a state, federal grantee, federal agency, or regional prevention coalition interested in supporting health and behavioral health organizations in your area to begin their Zero Suicide work, then a Zero Suicide Academy is the perfect fit! The cost of a Zero Suicide Academy also includes consultation about how to support organizations’ implementation efforts, particularly in that critical first year. Your academy contract will include approximately six months of planning and consultation, hosted application process, assistance in advertising, all ZSI staff and faculty travel, event evaluation, and participant materials.

If your health care agency is ready to get started but you don't have a sponsor, a workshop or consultation might be a better fit. You may also want to review our upcoming Zero Suicide Academies listed below to see if there is an Academy already scheduled in your area.

Previously Held Zero Suicide Academies®

May 12th-13th, 2021
Manchester VA Medical Center Zero Suicide Academy
July 13th-14th, 2021
Colorado Office of Suicide Prevention Zero Suicide Academy
July 27th-28th, 2021
Virginia Department of Health Zero Suicide Academy
August 3rd-4th, 2021
Iowa Department of Health Zero Suicide Academy
August 10th-11th, 2021
Colorado Office of Suicide Prevention Zero Suicide Academy
August 31st - September 1st, 2021
Missouri Department of Mental Health in Partnership with the Missouri Behavioral Health Council
September 16th-17th, 2021
South Carolina Department of Mental Health, Office of Suicide Prevention Zero Suicide Online Academy
September 27th-28th, 2021
EDC - National Zero Suicide Academy
March 5th-6th, 2020
Texas MHMR Tarrant and SCI Region 3 Zero Suicide Academy
March 12th-13th, 2020
The Harris Center for MH and IDD & SCI Region 1 Texas Zero Suicide Academy
April 1st-2nd, 2020
Nevada Office of Suicide Prevention Zero Suicide Academy
April 14th-15th, 2020
Idaho Region 6 Zero Suicide Academy
April 29th-30th, 2020
Douglas County, Kansas Zero Suicide Academy
August 5th-7th, 2020
Tropical Texas Behavioral Health & SCI Region 4 Zero Suicide Academy
August 19th-20th, 2020
Integral Care & SCI Region 2 Texas Zero Suicide Academy
August 26th-27th, 2020
Missouri Zero Suicide Academy
September 2nd-3rd, 2020
Iowa Department of Public Health Zero Suicide Academy
September 9th-11th, 2020
New Jersey Health and Behavioral Health Care Zero Suicide Academy #1 Sept 9 - 11
September 14th-18th, 2020
New Jersey Health and Behavioral Health Care Zero Suicide Academy #2 Sept. 14, 15, 18
September 22nd-23rd, 2020
DuPage County Health Department Zero Suicide Academy
October 1st-2nd, 2020
University of Nebraska Public Policy Center Zero Suicide Academy
October 14th-16th, 2020
Newport Mental Health Zero Suicide Academy
October 23rd-27th, 2020
New Jersey Health and Behavioral Health Care Zero Suicide Academy #3 Oct. 23, 26, 27
April 3rd-4th, 2019
Colorado's Office of Suicide Prevention Zero Suicide Academy
May 15th-16th, 2019
South Carolina Department of Mental Health Zero Suicide Academy
June 5th-6th, 2019
Missouri Zero Suicide Academy
June 13th-14th, 2019
Massachusetts Department of Public Health Suicide Prevention Program Zero Suicide Academy for Substance Use Treatment Providing Organizations
August 13th-14th, 2019
Indiana Hospital Association & Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction Zero Suicide Academy
August 15th, 2019
Community Health Network (CHNw) Zero Suicide Workshop
October 2nd-3rd, 2019
South Carolina Health and Behavioral Health Zero Suicide Academy
October 14th-15th, 2019
Partners for Children’s Mental Health Zero Suicide Academy for Pediatric Settings
November 21st-22nd, 2019
West Michigan Zero Suicide Academy
February 27th - March 1st, 2018
Minnesota Zero Suicide Academy®
May 2nd-3rd, 2018
Connecticut Zero Suicide Academy
June 27th-28th, 2018
Oklahoma Zero Suicide Academy
July 25th-26th, 2018
Indiana Zero Suicide Academy
August 7th-8th, 2018
Stark County (OH) Zero Suicide Academy
September 18th-19th, 2018
Oregon Zero Suicide Academy
March 14th-15th, 2017
Missouri Zero Suicide Academy®
April 18th-19th, 2017
Colorado Zero Suicide Academy®
May 1st, 2017
Cincinnati, Ohio Zero Suicide Academy®
May 11th-12th, 2017
Wyoming Zero Suicide Academy®
June 7th-8th, 2017
Kentucky Zero Suicide Academy®
June 15th-16th, 2017
North Georgia Zero Suicide Academy®
July 19th-20th, 2017
Region 3 Georgia Zero Suicide Academy®
August 22nd-23rd, 2017
Northeast Georgia Zero Suicide Academy®
September 7th-9th, 2017
IHS Zero Suicide Academy®
October 11th-12th, 2017
Montana Zero Suicide Academy®
November 29th-30th, 2017
Exeter Health Resources Zero Suicide Academy®
February 8th-9th, 2016
Utah Zero Suicide Academy®
April 12th-16th, 2016
Massillon, Ohio Zero Suicide Academy®