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Research has shown that half of people who die by suicide had a healthcare encounter within a month before their death. Because of this, health care organizations are well positioned to provide suicide prevention interventions during patient visits. A new study shows that brief interventions like safety planning, coordinating outpatient mental health appointments, and conducting follow-up phone calls significantly reduce subsequent suicide attempts. The research demonstrates that these interventions are effective in hospitals, urgent care, and emergency departments and highlights the importance of screening for suicide risk at health care appointments. Click here to learn more.

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