Suicide Prevention “ Ligature Risks and More
- According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 1 in 5 adults experience mental illness and over 20 million adults have a substance abuse disorder. Behavioral Health issues in healthcare have been on the radar by The Joint Commission, since the formation of the first National Patient Safety Goal for behavioral health released in 2007. Patient Suicides account for over 10% of all reported Sentinel Events. One of the highlighted points from the Sentinel Event Alert #56, released earlier this year, was that 21.4% of behavioral health settings and 5.14% of acute care settings were not in compliance with Safety Goal 15.01.01, EP1 in 2014. This safety goal was focused on identifying specific patient characteristics and environmental features that may increase or decrease the risk for suicide.