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Intervention with follow-up reduces suicidal behavior after ED discharge

Barbara Stanley  
Patients presenting to the ED with suicide-related concerns who received the Safety Planning Intervention with structured follow-up via telephone were less likely to show suicidal behavior and more likely to attend mental health treatment after discharge than those who received usual care, according to findings published in JAMA Psychiatry.
“The suicide rate in the U.S. is increasing dramatically, but development of effective interventions has not kept pace,” Barbara Stanley, PhD, professor of medical psychology, department of psychiatry, Columbia University,
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