Outcome of pediatric emergency mental health visits: incidence and timing of suicide

Members Garth Meckler and Quynh Doan, in conjunction with the HEARTSMAP program, are co-investigators on this study focused on outcomes of pediatric emergency mental health visits, and in particular, the incidence and timing of suicide after an ED visit.

The study determines the incidence, risk, and timing of mortality (unnatural and natural causes) among youth seen in a pediatric emergency department (ED) for mental health concerns, compared with matched non–mental health ED controls.

Conclusions
While youth seeking emergency mental health care are at increased risk of death by unnatural causes, their overall mortality risk is lower than non–mental health controls. The protracted duration from initial presentation to suicide highlights the need for long-term surveillance and preventative care for youth seen in the ED for all mental health concerns.

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