Year: 1986 Source: Australian Journal of Social Issues, v.21, no.2, (1986), p.119-125 SIEC No: 19871276

Since 1980, 11 patients of a psychiatric hospital have committed suicide by jumping from high buildings. Possible contributing factors to this spate of suicides include the effect of suggestion, the continued attempt to de-institutionalise patients with chronic illness, and administrative difficulties with a shortage of trained psychiatrists. Comment is also made on the wisdom of making potential sites for such suicides less accessible, and the medico-legal responsibilities of hospitals.