Year: 1983 Source: Hospital & Community Psychiatry, v.34, no.1, (1983), p.55-59 SIEC No: 19830224

The authors interviewed 23 staff members who had worked on an inpatient unit during a 16-month period when 4 patients committed suicide. The authors have developed a framework for understanding the 3 phases of staff reactions to suicide (inense shock during ward closure, a second phase ending with the suicide review conference, & the first several months after the conference) along with guidelines for helping staff through the recovery process. (22 refs.) (RM)