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Suicide reduction schemes effective

3rd February 2012

Researchers from the University of Manchester have said suicide reduction schemes work in decreasing the number of people who try to kill themselves.

The team assessed a number of interventions recommended by the schemes, such as 24-hour crisis teams, seven-day follow up plans for discharged patients and removing ligature points from wards. The study's authors wrote: "Our findings suggest that aspects of provision of mental health services can affect suicide rates in clinical populations. Investigation of the relation between new initiatives and suicide could help to inform future suicide prevention efforts and improve safety for patients receiving mental health care." 

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