Psychiatric ambulances soon on Stockholm roads

Stockholm is to be the first county in the country to provide ambulances for mental health emergencies, Swedish Radio News reports.

The first priority will be to help people threatening to take their own lives, Fredrik Bengtsson says. He is the departmental head of the county's emergency rooms and project manager for the new ambulances.

"That is the most important thing here, that we can quickly get to serious suicide cases, when someone is standing on a bridge, or something", he told Swedish Radio, adding that normal ambulances sometimes do not have the specialist knowledge needed.

The project will last for two years and cost SEK 11 million, but Fredrik Bengtsson hopes it will become a permanent part of the local health service.

The ambulances will start running in September.