September 20, 2022

Michigan Medicine Selected for Preventing Youth Suicide: A Cardinal Health Foundation National Collaborative



Today, Michigan Medicine has been selected as a recipient of the Preventing Youth Suicide: A Cardinal Health Foundation National Collaborative grant. The collaborative is a partnership with Children’s Hospital Association, Cardinal Health Foundation and the Zero Suicide Institute (ZSI) at the Education Development Center (EDC).

Michigan Medicine has been awarded $100,000 to implement a framework developed by ZSI and commit to a system-wide transformation to better care for children at risk of suicide. This program is the first national collaborative intended to develop a pediatric-specific approach to address the youth mental health crisis and improve suicide care in children’s hospitals and health systems using data-backed strategies to identify and care for youth at risk for suicide.

“With September being National Suicide Prevention Month, we’re reminded that youth suicide continues to be an increasing epidemic in the United States,” said Nasuh Malas, M.D., Director, Pediatric Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, C.S. Mott Children's Hospital; and Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry. “We all have a responsibility to act and ensure we’re doing everything we can to prevent suicide, especially among our most vulnerable. We are honored to be a part of the national collaborative as we continue to make an impact in reducing youth suicides for our communities.”

“CHA is proud to partner with Cardinal Health and the Zero Suicide Institute to help children’s hospitals improve care for children experiencing a mental health crisis,” said Amy Wimpey Knight, president of CHA. “Preventing Youth Suicide’s aim is to identify and treat children thinking about suicide who may otherwise slip through the cracks in our health care system. In short, this collaborative will help save lives.”

Grants were awarded to sixteen (16) children’s hospitals and health systems in a competitive process. The following children’s hospitals and health systems have been awarded grants:

  • Phoenix Children’s - AZ
  • Children’s Health of Orange County - CA
  • UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital - CA
  • Valley Children’s Healthcare - CA
  • Children’s Hospital Colorado - CO
  • Connecticut Children’s - CT
  • Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital - CT
  • Nicklaus Children’s Hospital - FL
  • C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital Michigan - MI
  • Children’s Mercy Kansas City - MO
  • St. Louis Children’s Hospital - MO
  • Atrium Health Levine Children's - NC
  • Children’s Hospital and Medical Center Omaha - NE
  • Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital - TN
  • Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital - TX
  • Seattle Children’s - WA

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