Suicide prevention opportunities missed?

The study of 10,000 suicides over a 30-year period showed that half of those who died had last been discharged from a general hospital, only 16% from a psychiatric hospital, and 34% had no prior hospital records.

A third of the suicides were in those who had been discharged from a hospital in the year before death and 64% of those occurred after a general hospital discharge and did not involve a linked psychiatric episode.

Better psychiatric evaluation of patients within general hospital settings may be warranted, the authors said.