<img height="1" width="1" style="display:none" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=398650321148170&amp;ev=PageView&amp;noscript=1">

Zero Suicide

What is Zero Suicide?

The Zero Suicide Initiative asks health and behavioral health providers to adopt the patient safety philosophy of proactively addressing preventable medical errors that is embraced in other areas of medical treatment. The bold, aspirational goal of this initiative is zero suicides for individuals in Butler’s inpatient and partial hospital programs and for 30 days post-discharge. Butler Hospital is creating a patient safety net that will start within the hospital and eventually integrate within community-based care and the homes of family and friends of those at risk for suicide. It is a significant task that will be years in the making, and we are up for the challenge.

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) | Michael Hogan, PhD, Zero Suicide in Health Care
Suicide is a human crisis in America
  • The age-adjusted suicide rate in 2018 was 14.2 per 100,000 individuals.
  • The rate of suicide is highest in middle-aged white men.
  • In 2018, men died by suicide 3.56x more often than women.
  • On average, there are 132 suicides per day.
  • White males accounted for 69.67% of suicide deaths in 2018.
  • In 2018, firearms accounted for 50.57% of all suicide deaths.
Here in Rhode Island, suicide is attacking our young adults
  • On average during 2018, one person died by suicide every 3 days in the state.
  • More than five times as many people died by suicide in Rhode Island in 2018 than in alcohol related motor vehicle accidents.
  • The total deaths to suicide reflected a total of 1,852 years of potential life lost (YPLL) before age 65.
  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for ages 25-44

What are we doing at Butler Hospital?

  • Providing treatment that is based on the most current research.
  • Creating a team of suicide researchers and hospital clinicians to help guide changes .
  • Helping all our staff understand the risk factors of suicide and share suicide prevention resources.
  • Training our clinicians in evidence based interventions .
  • Developing a common language for all staff to use to describe suicide risk.

And, Butler Hospital has set a goal of zero suicides among patients receiving inpatient and partial hospital treatment and for 30 days post discharge.

We can reduce suicide deaths by all working together on this important goal. Read about last year’s A Masterpiece of Hope event which raised more than $80,000 to support the launch of this initiative.