Mental Health Care System Is Failing At Suicide Prevention, Advocates Say

September 3, 2014 11:20 PM

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Mental Health Care System Is Failing At Suicide Prevention, Advocates Say

By all accounts, Linnea Lomax entered college a strong, athletic, ambitious young woman -- which is why it was so shocking to her parents as they watched her grow anxious, obsessive and suffer a breakdown toward the end of her freshman year. During finals, the Lomaxes visited Linnea at her dorm at the University of California, Davis and walked in on her as she was attempting suicide.

In an op-ed for the Sacramento Bee, Craig Lomax said that they took Linnea to a hospital where she stayed for several days before doctors felt she had shown enough progress to be released. Linnea was moved to an outpatient treatment center, but on her first day of therapy she left and never came bac...

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