Transforming Care

Innovation is the creation, development and implementation of new products, processes or services, with the aim of improving efficiency or effectiveness. This is the grounding principle that drives our innovations at RI International and the efforts with our partners. Hope Inc. Stories spreads hope and the power of lived experience. Crisis Now provides the elements that are the core of our crisis services. #CrisisTalk expands the conversation needed to improve mental health systems. Zero Suicide propels our suicide prevention efforts. Together, they will drastically improve the effectiveness of our services and profoundly impact the people we serve.

Hope Inc. Stories is a website that makes it possible for others to see their own recovery stories as a part of a tapestry, focusing on people, connection, and storytelling. The website features videos depicting real people with real recovery. Writers with lived experience share their real thoughts through #RecoveryTalks several times a week. Artists, photographers, and muralists share their work from the recovery perspective.

The Hope Inc. Stories team likes the people they talk to about their passions, their real days, and how they’ve made recovery happen in their lives. They believe sharing these stories can change the world for the better. The stories of hope, the other days, and the better days. Join us. Subscribe to get hope sent directly to your inbox.

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” –Martin Luther King Jr.

It’s their worst day. And, yet, tens of thousands of people end up in the Emergency Department (ED) or jail each year because they don’t have access to the level of mental health crisis services they need. The result is the dangerous practice of warehousing patients in the ED and the criminalization of people in distress. The outcomes can be costly: people in crisis face institutional setting trauma or worse. Not matching people to their care needs is also detrimental to the healthcare system at a cost of roughly $2,264 per psychiatric patient. The Crisis Now partners believe now is the time to change crisis care across the United States and worldwide.

The Crisis Now partners have created CrisisNow.com to provide all communities a roadmap to safe, effective crisis care that diverts people in distress from the emergency department and jail by developing a continuum of crisis care services that match people’s clinical needs. This reduces and prevents suicides while providing more immediate and targeted help for a person in distress. Also, it cuts the costs of care by reducing the need for psychiatric hospital bed usage, emergency department visits, and law enforcement overuse.

Crisis Now is led by the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) and developed with the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, the National Council for Behavioral Health, and RI International. Contact us at info@crisisnow.com

#CrisisTalk is an innovative publication focused on behavioral health crises. Each week, it distributes an interview that pushes the field toward inclusion, equality, and fostering a robust crisis care continuum. Interviews are with researchers, mental health professionals, people with Lived Experience, law enforcement, and other vital stakeholders. Articles focus on challenges, lived lens, innovations, and strategic news. Since the start of the pandemic, #CrisisTalk is also providing free access to the latest news on the Coronavirus Outbreak and mental health.

The publication is powered by the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) and its Crisis Now partners. Crisis Now is a roadmap to safe, effective crisis care that diverts people in distress from the emergency department and jail by developing a continuum of crisis care services that match people’s clinical needs to care.

Since 2014, Zero Suicide International (ZSI) has hosted global networking summits every 16 to 18 months. This purpose of this ZeroSuicide.org is to tell the story of the ZSI meetings, the publications and research developed and/or inspired by these gatherings and the principle founders and champions who have led the effort.

Recovery Innovations, Inc., (d/b/a RI International) and Behavioral Health Link are the primary organizers behind Zero Suicide International and this website. The global summits are each partnerships with local national leaders. Sue Murray and Suicide Prevention Australia were the hosts for the 2017 Sydney event and Jan Mokkenstorm and 113 Suicide Prevention were the hosts for the 2018 Mokkenstorm event.