A B.C. Coroners inquest has resulted in several recommendations after three people who were admitted to Abbotsford Regional Hospital committed suicide shortly after leaving.
Setting up a separate admitting area in ER Departments for intake of suicidal patients, increased community services and reviewing patient files, comparing intake and release conditions; just three of 25 recommendations.
Suicide prevention expert Jonny Morris took the stand at the inquest.
“There’s a real opportunity to much more of a deliberate and systematic approach to how the management of suicide risk and the discharge of people who are at risk of suicide is handled.”
“There’s definitely some emphasis on shoring up resources in communities, I think that’s a really important piece. We can definitely do lots in the community before Stage 4, before people get so sick that they need the hospital.”
Morris says training for medical health professionals was echoed several times – calling on regulatory bodies.
“A requisite level of consistent training and awareness around what it takes to do a thorough assessment of suicide risk and also trying to manage that and care for the patient.”
Brian David Geisheimer, Sarah Louise Charles, and Sebastian Pavid Abdi all died at or near their homes between December of 2014 and April of 2015.