They Deserve Better: Preventing Suicide in Skilled Nursing Facilities
Suicide in skilled nursing facilities—centers that provide around-the-clock treatment and rehabilitation—is a serious issue. Chronic physical ailments often take precedent over mental health issues, which can make it easy to overlook them. Tony Salvatore, director of Suicide Prevention at Montgomery County Emergency Service, provides insight into the problem and how we can better quantify it, and some simple fixes that can have a big impact.
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