Suicide prevention and mental illnessBMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e8201 (Published 03 December 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8201
- Rich Braithwaite, consultant psychiatrist1
- 1Isle of Wight NHS Trust, St Mary’s Hospital, Newport PO30 5TG, UK
Is Kamerow as guilty of lacking specificity and focus as the US surgeon general he criticises?1 “Psychiatric disorders” may be present in around 90% of people who kill themselves, but what does this actually mean?
Meta-analysis of North American autopsies of patients with psychiatric disorders shows that substance misuse, present in 40%, predominates.2 However, this includes “harmful use” …