Research Article

Suicide and "The Befrienders".

Br Med J 1975; 3 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.3.5986.751 (Published 27 September 1975) Cite this as: Br Med J 1975;3:751
  1. T A Holding

    Abstract

    The short-term effect of "The Befrienders"--an 11-episode weekly series on B.B.C. 1 portraying the Samaritans as a suicide prevention service--on suicide and undetermined deaths was monitored in Edinburgh. No preventive effect was observed though the series was associated with a dramatic rise in new client referrals to the Edinburgh branch of the Samaritans.