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Minn Post's Andy Steiner: Emergency Departments and Patients At Risk For Suicide

Today we talked with Andy Steiner about a collaboration of emergency department and mental health in the Twin Cities - her latest article on Minn Post is: New Set of Emergency Department standards may help identify patients at high risk for suicide

The suicide rates in MN are up 40.6% since 1999.  Mental health can often manifest in physical pain.  Studies in The British Journal of Psychiatry and Emergency Medicine Journal show that 40 percent of patients who die by suicide were seen in an emergency department within 12 months of their death, for something other than mental health.