Assessing risk of suicide

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6972.126c (Published 14 January 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:126

Samaritans' scoring system helps develop judgment

  1. Roy M Vining
  1. General practitioner Lowestoft, Suffolk NR33 0BQ

    EDITOR,—H G Morgan's article on the role of doctors in preventing suicide emphasises the need for training in assessing the risk of suicide and responding appropriately.1 Samaritan volunteers in training are taught always to ask about suicidal feelings and to assess the risk in detail. A rough and ready scoring system is sometimes used to help develop sound judgment based on thorough inquiry; it is mainly useful for training purposes.

    The scoring system was based partly on a booklet about assessing the …

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