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Structured Follow-Up and Monitoring

About Structured Follow-up and Monitoring

There is often a lag between a crisis visit or discharge from the hospital and outpatient care. This lag creates a break in continuity of care during a time of increased risk for suicidal behavior. This gap can be bridged by structured follow-up and monitoring. More than just a routine phone call, it is a clinical intervention that includes an assessment of risk. It is important to note that some suicidal individuals may not engage in outpatient treatment but may be willing to engage in telephone contacts. Therefore, clinicians should bear in mind that these phone contacts may be the only intervention these individuals receive and try to make them as clinically useful as possible.

How it works

Structured Follow-up and Monitoring provides a safety net between contacts to remind individuals about services or plans for aftercare. It also offers an opportunity to identify individuals at imminent risk who require rescue. During elevated risk periods it decreases isolation, helps manage suicidality and demonstrates that somebody cares enough to follow up. Though it is usually done by telephone, other methods include email, text messaging, and home visits if the individual and the agency allow it. 

Who should get training in Structured Follow-up and Monitoring?

Professionals and paraprofessionals who will follow and monitor individuals who have recently experiened a suicide crisis. 

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