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Expert on suicide prevention says key is to incorporate mental health questions into routine doctor visits

Here’s the key message, from a Columbia University psychiatry researcher, in the linked article about the apparent suicide death of a freshman student in New York yesterday: 

“You can put up barriers on bridges, but if you want to maximize impact, it’s about identification and treatment,” she said. “Almost 50 percent of people who commit suicide see their primary doctor in the month before they die. We should be asking questions about suicidal feelings and behavior the way we monitor for blood pressure.”