Year: 1977 Source: Omega, v.8, no.3, (1977), p.267-276 SIEC No: 19833008

Organized suicide prevention efforts have usually been linked to clinical models that use either individual or small group approaches. This paper explores the use of a public health/public model to prevent suicide. Various methods of suicide are analyzed using the concepts of availability and lethality to illustrate means by which they might be modified through the public health/public policy approach of community action and legislative change.