To address increasing US suicide rates, NIMH, as a federal partner of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, seeks to reduce suicide by building evidence-based suicide prevention in healthcare systems.
Improving suicide prevention in primary care is essential to overall healthcare
system safe suicide care capabilities.
The American Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatricians, for example, have indicated to NIMH that many primary care providers are willing to identify patients at risk via screening, but are uncertain about optimal ways to perform assessments, brief interventions, and appropriate referrals.
In addition to identifying risk in patients, primary care providers often see patients for follow-up after ED or inpatient care visits, and they seek to be better equipped to address patient safety needs to prevent relapse.