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Sante Ment Que. 2012 Autumn;37(2):223-37.

[Portrait of the use of mental health services before and after a suicide attempt requiring hospitalization].

[Article in French]

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Direction de la santé publique, Agence de la Santé et des Services sociaux de Montréal, Institut national de santé publique du Québec.


Health care systems play an important role in suicide prevention. Medical and administrative data allow analysis of patterns of mental health service use before and after hospitalization following a suicide attempt among Montreal residents diagnosed with schizophrenia or depression. Some results tend to show improvement in suicide prevention, especially among men with comorbid substance abuse disorders known to be particularly vulnerable. However, other observations are somewhat worrisome. The emergency room as an introduction to mental health services did not ensure adequate aftercare. Interventions are needed to improve access and coordination between different health care services.

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