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Rise in Workplace Suicides

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A recent Grant announcement from the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) entitled "National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Crisis Center Follow Up" included the following: Every month, over 50,000 calls are answered through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. .... For those at imminent risk for suicide, emergency intervention is frequently initiated and may result in an Emergency Room evaluation and/or psychiatric hospitalization. ... The SAMHSA Hotline evaluations found that callers experienced a reduction in hopelessness and suicidal intent, but also showed that 43% of suicidal callers experienced some recurrence of suicidal ideation within the next several weeks, underscoring the importance of receiving follow up behavioral healthcare or other appropriate services or interventions. However, the evaluations found that only a minority of suicidal callers had set up an appointment. Upon follow up, only 22.5% of the suicidal callers had been seen by the behavioral healthcare system to which they had been referred and an additional 12.6% had an appointment scheduled but had not yet been seen. Additionally, recent research findings from the Veterans Administration and surveillance data from the Centers for Disease Control have demonstrated that the period after emergency interventions is one of heightened risk for suicide, with significant numbers of deaths occurring following discharge from either an Emergency Department or Inpatient hospitalization. ******* These programs are designed to offer tangible solutions to the critical issues that are challenging the quality of life in various populations. We invite forward thinkers, entrepreneurs and solutions oriented talkers to engage in meaningful problem solving. These episodes may be forwarded to government officials (or other interested entities) to let them review solutions oriented discussions.

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