It’s #mentalhealthawarenessmonth so let’s talk about some positive news about Mental Health!
Over 1,500 suicides and 15,000 suicide attempts are reported annually in Sweden. Stockholm decided to introduce the Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PAM) to assist in emergency therapy. From the outside the ambulance look like a conventional rescue vehicle, but the inside is drastically different.
During the first twelve months the PAM Ambulance has responded to over 1,000 individuals in need of help, equaling 135 calls per month on average, and only 96 individuals have had need for repeated contact.
It is the first of its kind in the world and is essentially an emergency response therapy room that can travel at 70 miles per hour. Rather than bright lights and stretchers, patients are greeted with comfortable seats and warm, inviting lights, where a dedicated team listen to someone in need of counseling.
Source: Daily Scandinavian