Year: 1985 Source: International Congress for Suicide Prevention and Crisis INtervention, (13th: 1985: Vienna), 4p. SIEC No: 19861086

Chad Varah, founder of the Samaritans & president of befrienders International, claims that the lessons of the past 30 years are that nothing can replace befriending as the best response to a suicidal caller & that the only improvement to the service is to discover how to choose & supervise befrienders better, & to enable them to befriend more of the people at risk. (NBB)