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Zero Suicide: Translating Program into Practice - Preventing Suicide on the Navajo Reservation
The Zero Suicide is a system-wide, organizational commitment to safer suicide care in health and behavioral health care systems (zerosuicide.edc.org). Overall, 8.5% of suicide decedents conThe Zero Suicide is a system-wide, organizational commitment to safer suicide care in health and behavioral health care systems (zerosuicide.edc.org). Overall, 8.5% of suicide decedents consulted a physician or attended an emergency room on the day of death; 34.1% during the week before death; 60.9% during the month before death. Most of these contacts involved a general practitioner or an emergency room (Laanani & Rey, 2020). Improved suicide risk identification and evidence-based standard of care practices across disciplines is greatly needed to mitigate risk, prevent suicide, and detect critical opportunities in order to ‘close the gaps’ in our healthcare syssulted a physician or attended an emergency room on the day of death; 34.1% during the week before death; 60.9% during the month before death. Most of these contacts involved a general practitioner or an emergency room (Laanani & Rey, 2020). Improved suicide risk identification and evidence-based standard of care practices across disciplines is greatly needed to mitigate risk, prevent suicide, and detect critical opportunities in order to ‘close the gaps’ in our healthcare systems. These concerns are particularly relevant for healthcare agencies treating high-risk communities including American Indians/Alaskan Natives (AI/AN). The goal of this presentation is to provide an overview of the Zero Suicide (ZS) framework, increase knowledge and understanding of the application of this program, and elucidate the necessity of the ZS approach in healthcare systems via a clinical case example. In addition, the Zero Suicide Institute and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center will provide specific programmatic resources and educational information to support practice implementation in Indian Health Services (IHS) healthcare agencies.

Sep 10, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Heather-Ayn Indelicato, PsyD.
Licensed Psychologist and Suicidologist, @Zero Suicide Initiative, Navajo Reservation
Heather-Ayn Indelicato, PsyD. (“Dr. I”) graduated from NSU's Clinical Psychology PsyD. program with a concentration in Long Term Mental Illness in 2011. Dr. I’s professional work has focused on suicide prevention in high-risk populations including inpatient SMI, homeless, LGBTQIA+ adolescents/young adults, and indigenous communities residing on remote/rural reservations. She led the Zero Suicide Initiative (ZSI), an Indian Health Service (IHS) grant at Tséhootsooí Medical Center (TMC) on the Navajo Reservation, providing training and supervision to interdisciplinary medical staff in evidence-based suicide screening and assessment methods, best-practice treatment interventions, collaborative safety planning and the adaption of tools in partnership with community leaders, prevention specialists, and persons-with-lived-experiences in order to design and implement culturally sensitive and relevant practices.