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This Swedish Ambulance Service Deals with Mental Health Emergencies

This Swedish ambulance is specifically for mental health patients. The Psychiatric Emergency Response Team has been tested in Stockholm. This health care service is an attempt to address the high suicide rate in Sweden.

The mental health-dedicated ambulance looks normal at first, but is equipped to handle emergencies of a psychiatric nature. For example, instead of stretchers and harsh bright lights inside the vehicle, there is comfortable seating and softer lighting. Rather than having police respond to these sorts of situations, two mental health nurses and a paramedic will attend to the patient.

This Swedish ambulance service not only de-stigmatizes mental health, it also offers better care to those at suicide risk or other emergencies.