Year: 2014 Source: Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention.(2013).34(1):32-41. doi: 10.1027/0227-5910/a000158 SIEC No: 20140188

The time period following discharge from inpatient psychiatry and emergency department (ED) treatment is one of heightened risk for repeat suicide attempts for patients. Evidence reported in the literature shows that follow-up contacts might reduce suicide risk, although there has not been a comprehensive and critical review of the evidence to date. Repeated follow-up contacts appear to reduce suicidal behavior. More research is needed, however, especially randomized controlled trials, to determine what specific factors might make follow-up contact modalities or methods more effective than others.