Increase resources for mental health and health care providers in screening, assessment, and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders, as well as suicidal thoughts and behavior

The majority of individuals who died by suicide were involved with mental health treatment at the time of their death or had been involved in mental health treatment previously. And many of the objectives in this plan are designed to ensure that those in need of treatment have access to it. Therefore, it is critical to ensure that mental health, substance use, and health care providers are equipped with the best practices in identifying and responding to individuals who may be suicidal. Fortunately, there are an increasing number of tools available. These include screening tools, such as the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS), professional training on treating individuals who are suicidal, such as Assessing and

Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR) and Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicide (CAMS),and protocols for various settings in responding to individuals who are suicidal. The Zero Suicide movement is directed primarily at these providers and has created an evolving website to support these efforts.

(See Wisconsin Suicide Prevention Strategy, Page 20)


 Zero Suicide in Wisconsin

Zero Suicide is a basic commitment to suicide prevention in the healthcare and behavioral healthcare systems. Zero Suicide is based on a systematic approach to quality improvement; it does not rely on the heroic efforts of individual clinicians but rather the conscientious and consistent use of specific tools and strategies throughout organizations.  Just as health systems have been able to initiate systematic practices and policies that alleviate medical errors and falls, the Zero Suicide Model can and has reduced the number of suicides by individuals. For more information contact Shel Gross at 608-250-4368 or

Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR): Care competencies for mental health professionals. A one-day workshop for mental health professionals on assessing suicide risk, planning treatment and managing ongoing care for at-risk clients. The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) offers continuing education credits to social workers, certified counselors and psychologists. For more information contact Shel Gross at 608-250-4368 or

Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS)

Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicide (CAMS): CAMS, the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality, an evidence-based suicide-specific clinical intervention that has been shown through extensive research to effectively assess, treat and manage suicidal patients in a wide range of clinical settings. This link takes you to a six-hour, online, self-paced training (fee involved).


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