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July 12th 2024 at 6pm PST
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Zero Suicide Academy | California Department of Public Health
July 23rd & 24th, 2024
8:30AM to 4:30PM PST both days

California health and behavioral healthcare professionals are encouraged to apply by July 12th for an online Zero Suicide Academy®, sponsored by The California Department of Public Health’s Office of Suicide Prevention.

About the Academy

Join Zero Suicide Institute Senior Project Associate Wykisha Thomas-Mckinney, for a two-day, online Zero Suicide event.

The Zero Suicide Academy is a two-day training for health and behavioral health organizations seeking to dramatically reduce suicides among those in their care. Using the Zero Suicide model, participants learn how to incorporate best and promising practices into their organizations and processes to improve care and safety for individuals at risk. Zero Suicide faculty provide both interactive presentations and small group sessions, collaborating with participants to develop organization-specific action plans.

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Registered applicants are expected to commit to participation in Zero Suicide Pre-Academy and Post- Academy in addition to Academy dates.

  • Pre-Academy: Tuesday, July 16, 2024 from 10:00am- 11:00am PST
  • Two-Day Academy: Tuesday, July 23 and Wednesday, July 24, 2024 from 8:30am- 4:30pm PST
  • Post- Academy: Tuesday, August 20, 2024 from 10:00am- 11:00am PST 

Can't attend in July? The California Department of Public Health’s Office of Suicide Prevention is also sponsoring a Zero Suicide Academy in June.


California health and behavioral healthcare professionals are eligible to apply. 

How to Apply

Participant Eligibility

Applicants are to attend the Zero Suicide Academy with a team of 3-6 individuals including the person identified as the lead for the system's Zero Suicide initiative. Recommendations for team composition include:

  • Person(s) responsible and with authority for implementation decisions (e.g. Directors, Managers, Supervisors, etc).
  • Senior leader/management (irrespective of discipline area).
  • Person(s) responsible for managing your electronic health records (EHR) system, quality improvement, or risk management.
  • Person(s) that provide care to patients daily (e.g., case manager, psychologist, social worker, nurse, other).

Zero Suicide implementation team members should include persons who can both champion Zero Suicide with passion and those who have some power and influence in your system. This can include clinical directors, senior clinical staff with coordination over a certain area or department, information technology, risk management or quality improvement, or a person with lived experience.

All organizations wishing to be considered for the Zero Suicide Academy will submit the application by July 12th

Application Instructions

A complete application will be required including 3-6 team members selected to attend. Please note, only one application submission is needed per team.  Applications are due by Friday, July 12th

The Zero Suicide Academy application consists of:

1. A narrative that, in two to four pages, responds to the following: 

     A. Briefly describe the members of your team and the relevant skills, knowledge, and experience they bring to the Zero Suicide Academy.

     B. What are your team’s goals for participating in the Zero Suicide Academy and what does the team hope to learn during the training?


Organizational Self Study

Each implementation team will need to complete a  Zero Suicide Organizational Self-Study by the date of your post academy.

We offer two versions of the Organizational Self-Study: the General Organizational Self-Study and the Inpatient Organizational Self-Study. Organizations can choose to take one or both available Self-Studies.

If you would like to review the questions before taking the survey, we offer a PDF of each version of the Self-Study. To access these resources, you will need to create an account on the Zero Suicide website.


WyKisha McKinney
Senior Project Associate, Zero Suicide Institute