Preventing suicide

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6986.1072d (Published 22 April 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1072
  1. Margaret Stevens,
  2. Stephen Zubrick,
  3. Sven Silbum
  1. Acting director, disease control Health Department of Western Australia, Perth, WA 6004, Australia
  2. Head Consultant clinical psychologist Division of Psychosocial Research, Institute of Child Health Research, GPO Box D184, Perth, WA 6001, Australia

    EDITOR,—We agree with Greg Wilkinson that additional resources are required for the identification and treatment of people with mental illness.1 Australian statistics show a high incidence of suicide among people with mental illness. These same statistics, though, refute the contention that there is “no good evidence of benefit from such commonly cited measures as seeking to influence the means available.” Even a cursory examination of strategies to prevent suicide shows …

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