A Simple Emergency Room Intervention Can Help Cut Future Suicide Risk

When a person is brought to the emergency room after a suicide attempt, they are at risk for attempting suicide again for the next three months. These patients often slip through the cracks after being discharged from the hospital, and never receive the follow-up care they need. A program called Safety Planning Intervention trains doctors, nurses, and social workers to make a safety plan with high risk patients before they leave the hospital, to help reduce their risk of a second attempt.

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