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Florida emergency room staff will start assessing patients' mental health

from Health News Florida

Emergency room staff at AdventHealth in Kissimmee and Orlando will ask patients about feelings of hopelessness or despair as part of routine assessments over the next year and a half. Then they'll pair patients at a high risk of suicide with counselors who can provide follow-up care for 90 days. Patients will receive daily calls — and possibly house visits — from these counselors who will assess their symptoms and connect them with mental health care resources in the community. AdventHealth's Robert Geissler says the program — a collaboration with the University of Central Florida — wants to reduce the number of suicide deaths in Central Florida. more

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