Deal with self harm in prisons

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6972.127 (Published 14 January 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:127
  1. R P Rowlands
  1. Senior registrar in psychiatry Middlewood Hospital, Sheffield S6 1TP

    EDITOR,—There seems to be sense in what both Greg Wilkinson and H G Morgan say about the prevention of suicide.1 Setting targets for reducing suicide is a facile and superficial way of attempting to measure the efficacy of mental health services, ignoring as it does the huge sociocultural influences over this behaviour. In an age of mass unemployment and social disintegration the concept of “anomie” as described by Durkheim a century ago is …

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