Year: 1972 Source: Community Medicine, v.129, no.7, (1972), p.159-162 SIEC No: 19840695

Studies of British towns with Samaritans indicate that suicide rates declined while rates in towns without Samaritans increased. Author believes Samaritans have had some effect on Britian’s overall declining suicide rate. Medical agencies also play an important role, although doctors are often ineffective in dealing with suicide patients & inpatient referrals to psychiatrists are inconsistent.(KM)