Mark Olfson, M.D., M.P.H., Columbia University
Distinguished Investigator Grant (2009): $99,996
Emergency Mental Health Management Following Deliberate Self-Harm
Abstract: The primary goal of this study is to identify modifiable factors that promote emergency mental health services and follow-up outpatient mental health treatment for youth and adults who present to emergency departments with deliberate self-harm.Epidemiological analyses will be used to characterize naturally occurring variation in mental health assessments and follow-up mental health treatment of a national cohort of over 60,000 youth and adults treated in emergency departments for deliberate self-harm. This study will identify and characterize systems of care that promote timely mental health treatment of individuals who deliberately harm themselves focusing specifically on potentially lethal events. This knowledge will inform and enhance treatment interventions and policy reform aimed at improving mental health care for the large number of these high risk individuals who do not currently receive mental health services.