Populations and Settings

Champions challenge and lead health and behavioral health care systems to improve the care provided for individuals at risk for suicide.

Emergency Department

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Those admitted to emergency departments may be among the most high-risk for suicide. A multi-site study found that a bundle of prevention strategies such as suicide risk screening, discharge resources, and brief interventions resulted in a five percent decrease in the proportion of patients who attempted suicide in the 52 weeks after their visit and a 30 percent drop in the total number of suicide attempts in that period. 1

Search for resources specific to Emergency Departments below.

  • 1. Miller, I. W., Camargo, C. A., Arias, S. A., Sullivan, A. F., Allen, M. H., Goldstein, A. B., . . . Boudreaux, E. D. (2017). Suicide prevention in an emergency department population: The ED Safe study. JAMA Psychiatry, 74(6), 563–570.
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This Joint Commission special report offers recommendations from a panel of experts regarding environmental hazards for providers and surveyors and what constitutes...

The Ask Suicide-Screening Questions (ASQ) Toolkit is a free resource for medical settings (emergency department, inpatient medical/surgical units, outpatient clinics/...

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center has created a seven-minute video about The Patient Safety Screener (PSS-3), a tool for identifying patients in the acute care...

SPRC designed this guide to assist Emergency Department (ED) health care professionals with decisions about the care and discharge of patients with suicide risk. Its main goal...

Centerstone of Tennessee developed this Memorandum of Understanding with emergency departments to enhance follow-up services for clients.

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