SafeSide for Behavioral Health

A common language and consistent approach across inpatient, outpatient, and crisis services

Almost everyone you work with has an elevated risk for suicide, whether they've said the words or not.

Suicide concerns can come up at any point during an episode of care. Sometimes the thoughts are new; often they've been there for years. How do we keep patients with severe struggles safe and hopeful? How do we hold onto to hope in the face of extreme suffering?

SafeSide provides a recovery-oriented framework you can lean on. In chaotic and unpredictable situations, having a structure and clear definition of good care is comforting and empowering. When you work as hard as most behavioral health professionals do, you deserve to know what's expected and a map for how to get there.

SafeSide provides a framework for efficiently communicating with colleagues, with patients, and in the medical record.

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Connect, Assess, Respond, Extend

SafeSide training provides your organization with a shared framework for best practices in connecting, assessing, responding, and extending our impact with individuals at risk for suicide.

Co-taught by a clinical psychologist, Dr. Tony Pisani and a suicide attempt survivor, Kristina Mossgraber, framework comes to life in video-based teaching from these two perspectives and brief skill demonstrations by doctors, nurses, and therapists in behavioral health organizations.

"Using @TonyPisani Risk Formulation means no longer having to come to work with your fingers crossed that a level is suicide risk is correct #NSPC17"

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3 AMA Category 1 Credits™

Teams complete training together. Two 2-hour increments or one 4 hour session.

Practical. Tactics, tips, and wording you can use immediately.

Flexible. Learn on your schedule, as a group or individually.

Sustainable. New providers, trainees, and staff can onboard any time.

A subscription provides year round access to video-based training and interaction with experts.

Subscription Benefits

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Video-Based Instruction and Demonstration

Learn a systematic framework for suicide prevention, then practice skills and strategies modeled by real behavioral health providers with patient actors.

Teams within your organization can complete the 4-hour course all at once or in two 2-hour group sessions (InPlace℠ Learning).

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Virtual Office Hours

Interact with Dr. Pisani, the SafeSide team in brief monthly Q&A video calls.

Anyone on your team can ask questions, request feedback, and share experiences with others who are applying the same framework in their practices.

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Updates & Refreshers

Stay current with evolving practices, regulations, and research in behavioral health and Zero Suicide.

We update video-based instruction regularly and provide quick, refresher videos a few times a year.

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Skill Demonstration

I want to go home, doc

A psychiatrist uses the SafeSide risk formulation model in plain language to explain to a young adult patient who is eager to go home that he is not quite ready.

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I learned something in here, Mom!

An adolescent patient presents her safety plan to the psychiatric nurse and her mother. The nurse explores the likelihood that the teen will keep to the plan after discharge, with both the patient and her mother.

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She said I had to come

A therapist connects with a new patient, an Army veteran suffering with PTSD, by asking directly about suicide, collaborating around safety and recovery, and committing to stick with him.

SafeSide Behavioral Health Learning Objectives


You know how to connect with your clients or patients. When suicidal thoughts come up, it’s easy to lose that connection in an effort to assess and respond to risk. We show you how to:

  • Ask clearly and directly about suicide, conveying an understanding that what a person considering suicide really wants is to alleviate pain and suffering.
  • Express your desire to collaborate with a suicidal person to alleviate that pain and be a partner in their recovery.
  • Commit to sticking with a person through to recovery, including engaging other helpers and supports.


Information about past, recent, and current suicidal thoughts and behavior is essential, but not sufficient. Patient-specific plans and decisions are based on additional information. We describe how you can:

  • Use a consistent structure for gathering information and communicating with colleagues, clients, and their supports.
  • Develop a risk formulation that is anchored in the context of the setting where a person is being assessed and in their history over time.


You’ve connected and assessed. Next, you need to act. You want to go home feeling that you’ve done everything reasonably possible. We offer four categories to consider:

  • Use evidence-based treatments, including “mini-interventions” taken from more involved interventions.
  • Develop contingency and safety plans, including a plan to reduce access to lethal means.
  • Create plans to increase observation or contact to support the person in the least restrictive environment possible.
  • Consult with team members and make referrals to address unmet needs.


Your initial responses can be extended for greater impact in the person’s life, during and after an episode of care. We offer four categories here as well:

  • Create a system for non-demand, “caring contacts” after care transitions.
  • Establish clear roles for family and other supports.
  • Ensure regular, structured follow-up assessments and support.
  • Employ the suicide-related warm handoff.

Simple Pricing Guide

How It Works
  1. Pay a one-time set-up fee to get training and evaluation material configured for your organization.
  2. Once set up, there is an annual subscription fee based on the number of employees (and contractors) who provide services or interact with patients/clients in your organization or region. You can optionally add 3 AMA Category 1 CME credits ( $15 per recipient.)

International subscribers: SafeSide currently accepts payment in USD, AUD, NZD.

Subscription Benefits

Online course configured for your organization, ready to deploy and provide reporting. Initial consultation with SafeSide team to support your rollout plans.

Year-round access to video-based curriculum

Optional monthly office hours with Dr. Pisani and his team

Updates to the curriculum and refresher videos

2019 Pricing

$2000 per clinic site - One-time configuration, set up, and support fee

$40 per care provider or staff in organization or region - Annual subscription

Work With Us

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Step 1.

Talk with Our Team

Schedule a call with a member of our team to see if SafeSide's programs align with your goals and budget.

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Step 2.

Purchase a Subscription

Purchase an annual subscription for your team, organization, or region.

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Step 3.

Track Your Impact

Receive reports from our data evaluation team based on your staff's responses to research-based measures.