Year: 1978 Source: Archives of General Psychiatry, v.36, no.10, (September 1979), p.1119-1124 SIEC No: 19820264

The number of would-be suicides in Britain from 1963-71 increased steadily while the proportion of fatal outcomes was reduced, probably because the suicide methods most commonly used had become less lethal & the methods of resuscitation had improved. Attempts to reduce suicidal behavior by psychiatric treatment & suicide prevention programs seem therefore, to have had little measurable impact. The evidence indicates, greater effort should be made to reduce the lethality of the methods available.