Zero Suicide, a project of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC), is a key concept of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention and a priority of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. The foundational belief of Zero Suicide is that suicide deaths for individuals under the care of health and behavioral health systems are preventable. For systems dedicated to improving patient safety, Zero Suicide presents an aspirational challenge and practical framework for system-wide transformation toward safer suicide care. One element of this framework is to treat suicidal thoughts and behaviors using evidence-based treatments.
Vermont, in its efforts to remain at the forefront of evidence-based practice, is taking on this challenge. The Vermont Department of Mental Health has chosen Zero Suicide as the framework for current state efforts in health care systems.
Suicide Rates in Vermont
Vermont is ranked 17th in the nation for its high suicide rate. Throughout the state of Vermont, suicide is the:
Overall, suicide is the 9th leading cause of death in Vermont.
More than 12 times as many people died by suicide in 2020 than in alcohol related motor vehicle accidents.
100% of communities did not have enough mental health providers to serve residents in 2021, according to federal guidelines.
Sources: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) & Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE)
The CAMS Framework has been proven through multiple randomized clinical trials to be the best assessment, intervention and treatment to reduce suicide ideation. It is recommended by such groups as the Zero Suicide Initiative, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the Sentinel Event Alert (PDF) by the Joint Commission. Mental health professionals have reported that the CAMS Framework has given them a way to confidently treat suicidal patients effectively in only 6-8 sessions. And, more importantly, patients have reported that they like using the CAMS Framework.
The Vermont Department of Mental Health (DHM) committed to the Zero Suicide framework for suicide prevention statewide in 2015, and has since trained many mental health professionals in the use of CAMS. Their success with the CAMS suicide prevention treatment has resulted in a continued focus on the use of CAMS and the development of an effective training program to support the development of more CAMS-trained mental health professionals throughout.
While it is important that communities learn how to identify the signs of suicide risk, it is crucial to have a network of healthcare providers in place and trained in evidence-based suicide-specific treatment to whom people identified as suicidal may be immediately referred.
CAMS-care offers several training options to meet various learning styles and budgets, as well as the challenges of remote rural communities. The CAMS treatment is available via online training, in-person role-play training, consultation calls, ZOOM training, and more.
Learn more about Vermont’s Zero Suicide Initiative
Learn more about how CAMS addresses mental health. Find a CAMS Trained clinician in Vermont.
“The Vermont Suicide Prevention Center has been working with CAMS-care to identify a training approach that meets the needs of clinicians in Vermont through online training and consult calls. We chose CAMS-care as the preferred tool for Zero Suicide implementation in Vermont because it is both an assessment and a treatment, and provides high-quality training and support. CAMS-care has been very responsive to feedback and this has increased overall satisfaction with the training approach.”JoEllen Tarallo, ED.D, MCHES
Below are the current requirements from this state for CE credits.
While training communities to identify the signs of suicide risk is important, it is not enough to effectively reduce the suicide rate. Legislation must be passed that requires all mental health professionals and primary care physicians to receive training in evidence-based, assessment, management, intervention, and treatment of suicide risk. Because, everyone deserves a life worth living.
CAMS-care offers training courses and materials for individuals and organizations. Our products allow professionals to earn CE credits to meet your state’s CE requirements:
The CAMS proven framework is introduced in Dr. Jobes book, “Managing Suicidal Risk: A Collaborative Approach“. The current edition includes evidence data from decades worth of extensive research and has a greater emphasis on how to implement CAMS in clinical settings. You may earn 6 CE credits after reading the book and passing the CE test.
CAMS-care offers engaging video training opportunities that gives professionals to earn 1 – 3 CE credits. We’ve offer training in addressing malpractice and ethical liability when working with suicidal patients, tips suggestions for working with difficult patients, and treating suicide risk with children and adolescents.
We also provide online and on-site Role-Play Training, Consultation Calls, and host Education Days for more hands-on approaches to the CAMS framework.