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Some staff not trained enough to help suicidal patients: Saskatchewan Auditor – National Post

by ahnationtalk on December 5, 201969 Views

REGINA — The Saskatchewan Health Authority isn’t giving enough training to staff working with patients in areas struggling with high suicide rates, the provincial auditor said in her latest report.

Judy Ferguson’s report released Thursday focuses on how patients at risk of suicide in communities including North Battleford, Meadow Lake and La Loche are treated at local health facilities.

For the last three years, the rate of suicide in those areas has been higher than the provincial rate, she said.

Those at risk of suicide, the report said, typically go to emergency rooms or use mental-health outpatient supports, but staff don’t always properly screen or assess them.

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