By Lauren M. Whaley, CHCF Center for Health Reporting
John survived his suicide attempt.
Martina Castillo threatened to take her own life.
Both ended up in Sutter General’s Emergency Department in Sacramento. And both signed up for a unique suicide prevention program that would change their lives.
After being discharged from the hospital, each was matched with a suicide prevention specialist from WellSpace Health. The specialist would call each participant every few days for a month just to check in.
A phone call? Sounds kind of simple. Kind of small. Kind of obvious. A number popping up on someone’s cell phone who just left the ER after a suicide attempt.
“They walk away from this Emergency Department Follow Up program with some coping skills, a safe plan, some ideas about how they can take care of themselves, what they can do when they’re feeling this way again because we know that there will be a higher risk,” said Liseanne Wick, Program Manager of Suicide Prevention & Crisis Services at WellSpace Health (until recently called The Effort). Continue reading