Let's Rethink This

Zero Suicide with Kirsten Sierra & Maria Needham

August 23, 2021 Abby Berger
Let's Rethink This
Zero Suicide with Kirsten Sierra & Maria Needham
Show Notes

Date:  August 23, 2021 

Name of Show: Let’s Rethink This 

Episode title and number: Zero Suicide with Kirsten Sierra and Maria Needham  

Brief summary of show: We are going to be talking about Zero Suicide, which promotes safer care for those at risk of suicide. Zero Suicide believes that suicide is preventable and that the only acceptable number of losses due to errors in quality of care is zero. Today I am speaking with Kirsten Sierra, who has both her MSW and LCSW and works at Mercy as their first ever Zero Suicide Coordinator and Maria Needham who has her Bachelors of Social Work and works at Independence Center as a Community Support Specialists. 

Bullet points of key topics & timestamps:  

1:31 – 5:31 Kirsten and Maria’s Backgrounds  

5:59 – 6:45 Suicide Stats  

7:02 – 12:33 Suicidal Ideation 

14:13 - 17:42 How to Support Somone with Suicidal Ideation 

20:34 - 23:38 Mission of Zero Suicide 

24:02 – 25:58 Mercy Health System’s Approach to Zero Suicide  

30:07 – 33:46 Steps We Can Take to Prevent Suicide  

List of resources mentioned in episode, suggested reading, social media handles:  

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 

Zero Suicide 


If you or someone you know is in crisis, please talk to somebody. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text “START” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741. 

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