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Suicide At Kaiser Clinic Calls For An Important Discussion

September 28, 2015

A regular appointment at a mental health clinic can take up to a few weeks to process, and this means that a patient must wait to get the treatment that they may desperately require. Kaiser Clinic is a mental health clinic in Northern California, and in the past two years has faced many accusations of not providing early enough appointments. However, it is important to remember that this isn’t the only clinic that faces this problem, and the clinic is not intentionally denying patients. The fact of the matter is that the demand for mental healthcare is high, and the resources available to provide these services are minimal.

Recently, a Kaiser patient committed suicide by jumping from a Kaiser garage/ The 83-year-old Kaiser patient found that her prescribed medications weren’t effective enough. Before her suicide, she expressed to her family that she was distraught, and unable to wait for her appointment. The fact that she chose Kaiser’s garage makes the husband believe that she was making a direct statement to the mental health clinic. The husband said, “She could have jumped anywhere, but she went right to Kaiser. It’s like sending a message right to them: ‘You couldn’t take care of me, so here I am.’”

What is a person to do in this situation? If the clinic is understaffed, then they can’t realistically accept patients at times when there is no help. There are phone numbers that sufferers can call, but anxieties can make that step difficult as well. iPrevail’s peer Counseling program aims to resolve this issue of availability of resources. Often, clinics will lack availability and organization. Our web/app-based platform allows a user to speak to someone who can help them–in whatever setting they choose, whenever they choose, and it doesn’t require an appointment.

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