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Beaumont hospital sees 272% spike in patients with suicidal thoughts

Emergency medicine physicians at Southfield, Mich.-based Beaumont Health are reporting a major uptick in patients presenting with depression and suicidal thoughts.

From January to July 2019, the emergency department at Beaumont Hospital, Trenton (Mich.) saw 496 patients with suicidal ideation diagnoses. This figure marks a 272 percent increase from the 182 patients seen in 2018. Attempted suicide diagnoses have also jumped nearly 200 percent from 2018.

To boost mental health services in the state, Beaumont Health has partnered with King of Prussia, Pa.-based Universal Health Services to build a specialty hospital in Dearborn, Mich. The 150-bed mental health hospital is slated to open by mid-2021.

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