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Does someone with suicidal ideas need to hospitalized?

Answered by: Patrick McGrath

The issue of hospitalization is a difficult one and demands careful evaluation. Anyone with suicidal ideas should be evaluated by a mental health professional to determine what treatment setting would be best. Many people with suicidal ideas can be treated as outpatients, but because of the risk of completed suicide, such ideas must be taken very seriously. Psychiatric emergency services, such as those at CUMC, are a good place to obtain such an evaluation.