A Simple Emergency Room Intervention Can Help Cut Suicide Risk

Research shows that people taken to an emergency room after a suicide attempt are at high risk of another attempt in the next several months. But providing them with a simple "safety plan" before discharge reduced that risk by as much as 50 percent.

ER workers helped patients who arrived after a suicide attempt develop a tailored “safety plan,” that included coping strategies of what to do and whom to call if the urge arose again.

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