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  • Suicide Prevention

    The month of September is internationally known as a time to raise awareness and promote resources for suicide prevention. The World Health Organization’s statistics indicate that suicide happens across the lifespan and is a global phenomenon impacting all regions in the world. Latest aggregate statistics indicate approximately one million people die due to suicide every year. 

    The prevalence and impact of suicide makes it a global public health concern. CARF’s footprint of accrediting more than 60,000 programs at more than 28,000 sites affords us the opportunity and responsibility to raise awareness of and vigilance in response to suicidal behavior in the organizations we accredit. Following publication of CARF's initial Quality Practice Notice on Suicide Prevention (PDF), CARF published standards for Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Programs in 2017 and added screening for suicide risk to its assessment standards.   

    Quality Practice Notice on Suicide Prevention

    The Quality Practice Notice on Suicide Prevention (PDF) aims to provide a first-steps framework for healthcare professionals to assess, intervene in, and monitor suicidal behavior within their respective scopes of practice. It provides information and resources for acquiring specific competencies for preventing suicide, including training, screening/assessment tools, and safety plan development. For CARF-accredited service providers and programs, the Quality Practice Notice on Suicide Prevention also includes a section highlighting the areas of the standards that address suicide prevention.

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