Health Care Providers
Mental health, primary care and emergency department providers are likely to encounter patients at risk of suicide in their practices:
- The majority of individuals who have died by suicide visited a primary care provider in the year before their death.
- Close to one-half of individuals who died by suicide visited a primary care provider in the month before their death.
- Almost 40 percent of individuals who died by suicide had an emergency department visit, but not a mental health diagnosis.
The following resources and initiatives are helping health care organizations implement standards of care that can help prevent suicide:
Also visit the CHA advocacy website for policies CHA supports around mental health and the social determinants of health.