Below from Mic, a new perspective on how the American healthcare system can start treating mental health and mental health crises.
Chronicling the suicide attempt of a college student, and his subsequent trip to the emergency room, the article expands on creating a new option for those in mental crisis, modeled after Illinois' Living Rooms.
A Living Room is non-clinical crisis center for people in the midst of a mental health meltdown where they can receive immediate and long-term care and is a place meant to feel more like a supportive home than a hospital emergency room. It also cuts costs by funneling people away from expensive or frequent ER visits and into Living Rooms run by doctors, psychiatric nurses , and peer counselors who themselves have emerged from mental health crises.
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