Suicide as an indicator of mental health

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6946.58b (Published 02 July 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:58
  1. J McCarthy,
  2. I Davidson
  1. Acute Directorate, North Mersey Community (NHS) Trust, Sefton General Hospital, Liverpool L15 2LF.

    EDITOR, - David Gunnell and Stephen Frankel raise many important points with regard to preventing suicide.1 The reasons why they focus on suicide as an indicator of mental health are clearly discussed. The fact that a reduction in the number of suicides is the only quantified target in the Health of the Nation,2,3 however, means that priorities may be determined by this rather than by measures to “reduce ill health and …

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