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Zero Suicide Academy | New Jersey Department of Children and Families
June 27th and 28th, 2022
8:30am-4:30pm EST each day

New Jersey health and behavioral healthcare teams are encouraged to apply by 6/13 for a June online Zero Suicide Academy® sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Children and Families.

About the Academy


New Jersey health and behavioral healthcare organizations are eligible to apply. The sponsors have made this event free to attend for all selected teams.


Join Zero Suicide Institute Senior Project Associate WyKisha McKinney, for a two-day, online Zero Suicide launch event. This event is sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Children and Families

The Zero Suicide Academy is a two-day training for senior leaders of health and behavioral health care organizations that seek to dramatically reduce suicides among patients in their care. Using the Zero Suicide framework, 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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The objectives of the Zero Suicide Academy are to:

  • Provide organizations interested in adopting a Zero Suicide approach with the skills and information necessary to launch their effort;
  • Create collaborative links between the organizations launching these initiatives in order to provide mentorship and support so that the perspectives, knowledge, and skills of each inform the work of the others; and
  • Aid in developing implementation plans for the Zero Suicide initiatives at each participating organization.

How to Apply

Participant Eligibility

All health and behavioral health organizations in New Jersey are eligible to apply for this event.

Applicants are to attend the Zero Suicide Academy with a team of four 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. Medical Doctor, CIO, ED, BH Director, or IT).

  • At least one senior leader/management (irrespective or discipline area).
  • At least one person who manages your electronic health records (EHR) system, quality improvement, or risk management.
  • At least one person (e.g., case manager, psychologist, social worker, nurse, other) who provides care to patients daily.

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 June 13th.

Application Instructions

1. A cover sheet. The lead applicant will receive all correspondence and must be one of the team members.

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

  • Briefly describe the members of your team and the relevant skills, knowledge, and experience they bring to the Zero Suicide Academy.
  • What are your team’s goals for participating in the Zero Suicide Academy and what does the team hope to learn during the training

3. A Zero Suicide Organizational Self-Study is to be completed by your implementation team members, along with your application.

Organizational Self Study

A Zero Suicide Organizational Self-Study is to be completed by your implementation team members, along with your application. 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.

To access these resources, you will need to create an account on the Zero Suicide website.

Go to Organizational Self-Study

WyKisha McKinney
Senior Project Associate, Zero Suicide Institute