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  • Suicide Prevention

    Background, Blueprint, Resources

    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 55,000 programs at more than 25,000 sites affords us the opportunity and responsibility to raise awareness of and vigilance in response to suicidal behavior in the organizations we accredit. 

    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.

    CARF Standards Manual Supplement for Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Programs

    This supplement (PDF) is intended to be used in conjunction with the 2017 Behavioral Health Standards Manual and contains standards and survey preparation questions applicable for comprehensive suicide prevention programs.

  • Suicide prevention and the clinical workforce: Guidelines for training

    The guidelines for training, developed by the Clinical Workforce Preparedness Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, are referenced in CARF’s Quality Practice Notice. View the training guidelines here.

  • Training guidelines endorsed by NASW

    In an open letter to CARF, The National Association of Social Workers (NASW), a member of CARF’s International Advisory Council, has endorsed the Suicide Prevention and the Clinical Workforce: Guidelines for Training. Read the letter here.

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