Meyer Moldeven replied to the topic 500 Million on Facebook…Got a Gov’t Facebook Story? in the forum Acquisition, Contracting, Procurement 9 years, 8 months ago
Suicide Prevention is Everybody’s Business
FACT: Every year more than 32 000 people die by suicide in the
United States Conservatively, estimate about 20 attempts at suicide for each one that succeeds.
Rates of presentation to ’emergency departments’ for suicide-related reasons increased almost 50% from 1992-2001 and show no sign of declining.(3) These figures reflect Emergency Medicine’s increasing burden of responsibility and care for suicidal patients.
The closure of psychiatric inpatient facilities, reductions in inpatient beds, transition to outpatient treatment and increased costs of general practitioner visits have coincided with, and likely contributed to, increased attendances to EDs by psychiatric and suicidal patients who would previously have been admitted or seen in primary care. The ED is now the default option for urgent and acute contact for suicidal patients. The need to have ED based brief screening, early identification, intervention, facilitated referral, safety planning, and motivational enhancement to seek additional care are part of a multimodal approach to prevent suicide and suicide-related behaviors. Multiple emergency medicine investigators have developed different yet successful suicide screening and intervention initiatives. (4-8) Given the crowded ED environment, challenges remain regarding the ideal methodology for improved suicide screening and intervention. Support, research, and ultimately implementation of the most successful and efficient ED based suicide prevention programs are needed to address this important public health problem.
* See: Seehttp://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/07/17/eveningnews/main6688347.shtml
See: the serious (?) attention (comments) my proposal got re suicides and suicide prevention in the federal service. This is a ‘forum’ IMHO, of serious-minded people: What do you think?
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