By Rhitu Chatterjee
July 11, 2018
Many people who attempt suicide end up in an emergency room for immediate
treatment. But few of those suicide survivors get the follow-up care they
need at a time when they are especially likely to attempt suicide again.
Now, a study shows that a simple intervention conducted by staff in
emergency departments can reduce the risk of future attempts. The
intervention involves creating a safety plan for each patient and following
up with phone calls after discharge.