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Understanding the Spike in Suicides for Pennsylvania Prison Inmates

According to a report published by the CDC, suicide rates have risen over 30 percent since 1999. In Pennsylvania, the suicide rate has increased by 22 percent since 2008. While these numbers are troubling, there are segments of our population where the suicide rate is even higher. For example, the suicide rate for the Pennsylvania prison population has increased by 103 percent from 2008 to 2017. According to the Department…
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Is a Hospital Responsible If Suicidal Patients It Allows to Leave Commit Suicide?

The Pennsylvania Superior Court has revived a lawsuit concerning a hospital’s liability if it allows suicidal patients to leave and they take their life. Why Did the Pennsylvania Superior Court Revive This Case? The case, Martin v. Holy Spirit Hospital, involved a woman with a history of mental health problems who was brought to Holy Spirit Hospital in 2012. Although she technically voluntarily admitted herself to the hospital, she had…
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