Better Screening, Fast-Acting Meds Could Prevent Suicides

A new national study hopes to determine if a new form of treatment can reduce depression symptoms, including suicidal ideation, quickly.

Experts say a new approach is necessary as on average, every 13 minutes of every day someone in the U.S. commits suicide. Many of those deaths are preventable.

The suicide rate nationwide has been increasing gradually since 2000, with 41,149 suicides taking place in the U.S. in 2013 (the most recent year for which data is available), according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Better screening for suicidal thoughts among patients at all ages could help prevent suicides

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