Zero Suicide is a key outcome of the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention with the foundational belief that suicide deaths for individuals under care within physical and behavioral health sysetems are preventable. It is both a bold goal and an aspirational challenge.
The programmatic approach of Zero Suicide is based on the realization that suicidal individuals often fall through the cracks in a sometimes fragmented and distracted health care system. A systematic approach to quality improvement in theses settings is both available and necessary. The challenge and implementation of Zero Suicide cannot be borne solely by the practitioners providing clinical care, it requires a system-wide approach to improve outcomes and close gaps.