The Case for CAMS: An Evidence-Based Suicide Prevention Resource
CAMS is a trusted, evidence-based suicide prevention resource, and many prestigious government bodies and suicide prevention organizations have taken notice. In order to reduce suicide rates and negative health outcomes worldwide, the most effective treatment approaches should be employed by providers and health systems. Suicide prevention authorities such as the Surgeon General and the Sentinel Event Alert publicly recognize CAMS as an effective suicide prevention program.
The Surgeon General’s Call to Action
TO IMPLEMENT THE NATIONAL STRATEGY FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION
JANUARY 2021: This new report outlines the actions that communities and individuals can take to reduce the rates of suicide, improve resilience, and increase positive outcomes in the United States. The resource recognizes CAMS as an evidence-based psychotherapy for addressing suicide risk.
Best Practices in Care Transitions for Individuals with Suicide Risk:
INPATIENT CARE TO OUTPATIENT CARE
In the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s new guide for best practices in care transitions from inpatient to outpatient care, CAMS is recommended in the critical step for inpatient providers to connect with an outpatient provider prior to your patient’s discharge.
A TECHNICAL PACKAGE OF POLICY, PROGRAMS, AND PRACTICES
This technical package supports the goals and objectives of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s emphasis on community-based prevention. CAMS is recognized as a proven evidence-based clinical approach for effectively treating suicidal risk.
Recommended Standard Care for People with Suicide Risk:
MAKING HEALTH CARE SUICIDE SAFE
This set of recommendations was created by an expert task force to help raise the clinical standard of care across treatment settings with sensible evidence-based approaches. CAMS is recommended for out-patient settings to effectively treat suicidal risk. The therapeutic assessment used in CAMS identifies suicide risk/warning signs. CAMS-guided treatment focuses on stabilizing a person who is suicidal by planning to reduce access to lethal means and improving problem-solving for dealing with acute crises.
Sentinel Event Alert 56
DETECTING AND TREATING SUICIDE IDEATION IN ALL SETTINGS
The Sentinel Event Alert is a scholarly publication aimed toward raising awareness about high-risk conditions and associated mitigation strategies. In the article, CAMS was identified as an evidence-based clinical approach that helps reduce suicidal thoughts and behaviors and was recommended as a method to improve outcomes for at-risk patients.
IN A ZERO SUICIDE APPROACH:
- All clients with suicide risk, regardless of setting, receive evidence-based treatment to address suicidal thoughts and behaviors directly, in addition to treatment for other mental health issues.
- Clients with suicide risk are treated in the least restrictive setting possible.