Follow-up communication after suicidal attempt, reduces future attemptsMay 7, 2017
According to a recent study, 30 percent of future suicide attempts can be reduced by a simple follow-up phone call after a suicidal patient is discharged from a hospital.
The study included nearly 1,400 patients in eight locations across the United States who were provided with interventions that included specialized screening, safety planning guidance and follow-up phone calls.
ColoradoSPH professor, Dr. Emmy Betz, is one of the study's co-authors.
"Telephone follow-up programs offer a great way to help bridge an ED [emergency department] visit to outpatient mental health care and hopefully save lives," Betz said.
"It would be great to see such programs become more widely implemented. Suicide is a leading cause of death, especially in Colorado, and a shortage of inpatient and outpatient mental health care options make innovative approaches like telephone counseling even more attractive," she said.