Suicide attempts treated at a tramatological casualty department in 1972-73 were studied. Attempts were made by cutting or piercing, jumping from high places or by firearms. Cutters sustained mostly slight injuries, while 39% of the others died from the attempt. The referral system of cutters was not sufficient, since half of them were referred only to a general practitioner. It is recommended that psychiatric outpatient treatment should be offered systematically to all attempted suicides.