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Vermont is currently battling with a mental health epidemic and one of the consequences of mental illness is suicide and self-harm. According to the Vermont Department of Health Vermont’s suicide rate is higher than the national average and suicide is the 8th leading cause of death in the state. Every part of medicine especially primary care is struggling with providing adequate resources for the demand needed to provide quality mental health care. Thomas Chittenden Health Center (TCHC) is no stranger to these demands and is working on ways to ensure each patient has access to the care they need. The goal of this project was to create a screening tool to increase the ability of all providers to ensure the safety of their patients from self-harm. Utilizing various mental health and suicide screening questions a new screening tool was developed to be used for patients annually or those who have increased risk. This tool will then be used to help clinicians and staff at TCHC identify patients with suicidal ideation and navigate access to resources for those patients.
Thomas Chittenden Health Center
suicide, self-harm, screening tool, mental health, Vermont
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Yakubik, William J. III, "Suicide Screening at TCHC" (2023). Family Medicine Clerkship Student Projects. 850.