Nurses at risk helped by suicide prevention program

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A pilot of the Healer Education Assessment and Referral (HEAR) suicide prevention program geared toward nurses was successful in identifying at-risk nurses and getting them help, according to a study published in Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing.

The HEAR program has been used to educate physicians about mental health treatments to decrease the related stigma, proactively screen for risk of suicide, and provide counseling and treatment referrals. Based on the success of the program, researchers conducted a three-year study in which the program was offered to nurses.
Over the course of the study, 527 nurses participated in the screening portion of the program. Of those nurses, 48% were found to be at the highest tier of the program’s three tiers of risk. Participants at this risk tier are encouraged to contact a counselor for a private and confidential in-person meeting. One hundred seventy-six nurses received support from therapists in person, over the phone, or electronically. An additional 98 nurses accepted referrals for treatment.

Source: Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing