Learning Community Experience
The Zero Suicide framework is a complex approach to a challenging, system-level problem. Sharing pain points and breakthroughs in real-time with a peer community and experts can ease the burden of working in isolation. We offer several kinds of learning communities to facilitate group learning and to assist sites during their first year of implementation. The guiding principle of our learning communities is to bring participants together to share, advance, and innovate practices that will make their work more successful. The social learning environment we foster in our learning communities enables participants to:
- Gain access to new knowledge
- Direct questions to national implementation experts
- Share resources among peers
- Manage change and best practices transfer
- Sustain excitement around your Zero Suicide initiative
ZSI’s expert staff are at the forefront of virtual learning, bringing the best instructional design and content to the experience. Your learning community is crafted with interactive sessions designed to encourage peer-to-peer learning and expert guidance and connections, as well as practicing new skills. These events offer engagement over time, enabling and supporting collaboration for shared learning, problem-solving, and skill development. Our sessions are honed by a team that emphasizes user engagement and interactivity, and we use feedback after each event to inform the design, content, and quality of future events.
Virtual learning communities typically begin 3 months after a Zero Suicide Academy or Workshop and can last from 3 to 12 months, or more.
Sponsoring a Learning Community
If you want to provide expert implementation support to participants of your Zero Suicide Academy® or Workshop, then a learning community is the ideal way to do just that.
If you’re part of a large organization with various departments (e.g., inpatient and outpatient behavioral health, emergency/trauma department, primary care) and/or multiple locations and need to provide implementation assistance, a learning community is a great way to bring together busy staff for in-depth virtual learning without having to be off the floor for extended periods of time.
If you’re a smaller organization or if you’re not sure yet what you need, virtual consultation may be a better first option for you.