Citizens Commission on Human Rights Calls for Congressional Investigation into Psychiatric In-Patient Treatment, as Study Finds Suicide Risk High after Hospitalization for Depression or Attempted Suicide

Recent studies indicate patients discharged from psychiatric facilities are at greater risk for suicide than mental health patients not hospitalized, suggesting that psychiatric hospitalization itself may be a major risk factor.  Antidepressants used as treatment during hospitalization are also linked to an increased risk of suicide.

Washington, DC, March 7, 2024 – The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) National Affairs Office is urging Congress to investigate after a new study has found that patients released from psychiatric hospitalization for depression or attempted suicide are at the highest risk of completing suicide in the days immediately following their hospital discharge.   READ MORE

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