Published recently in JAMA, this recent Columbia University Medical Center intervention research produces positive results as reported by Abigail Fagan of Psychology Today. Suicide rates have risen 28 percent between 1999 and 2016—nearly 45,000 people died by suicide in 2016 according to the National Institutes of Mental Health.
As suicide rates have risen over the past couple decades, it becomes imperative for targeted interventions that produce immediate outcomes. According to Fagan, those that receive the intervention “were nearly half as likely to attempt suicide again and twice as likely to attend a mental health appointment in the next six months compared to patients in a control group.”
It was noted that these types of strategies can be repurposed and applied to many different settings and may potentially reduce suicides, significantly. The research was conducted between 2010 and 2015 utilizing data from the Veterans Health Administration emergency departments.
Columbia University Medical Center
Barbara H. Stanly, PhD