Just two suicide assessment nurses in health service

Only two Suicide Crisis Assessment Nurses are employed by the health service.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
4th May, 2014

Only two Suicide Crisis Assessment Nurses are employed by the health service, despite recommendations that one should be present in every hospital emergency department.

Paul Kelly, founder of Console, the biggest suicide prevention body, said his organisation was ''receiving calls on a daily basis from people struggling to access mental health services.

Patients are often directed to emergency departments, which receive 12,000 presentations from patients who have self-harmed each year. Many others who are experiencing...

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