Dr. Mark Olfson, an AFSP grantee and Scientific Advisor, spoke to the need for improved attention to suicidal individuals in hospital Emergency Departments in his Viewpoint article published February 10, 2014 in one of medicine's top journals, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Using information gained from his AFSP-funded grant, Dr. Olfson highlights that suicide rates are highest after a recent emergency hospital visit or discharge from a psychiatric inpatient hospitalization. He also reports that often hospital emergency staff members do not feel equipped to assess for suicide risk or engage in safety planning with their patients. He calls for research to develop effective interventions and for hospital staff training.
Read Dr. Olfson’s Viewpoint: Focusing Suicide Prevention on Periods of High Risk.
Read about the findings from Dr. Olfson's AFSP Distinguished Investigator Grant.