Year: 1987 Source: Annual Meeting of the American Association of Suicidology, (20th: 1987: San Francisco), p.441-442 SIEC No: 19880927

Society has come to expect mental health workers to prevent suicide. In this summary, the author discusses the historical background of responsibility for suicide & whether the current attitude is reasonable. He argues that mental illness is only an element in the multifactorial nature of suicide; involuntary psychiatric hospitalization does not decrease suicide, & using a case history, illustrates the difficulty of suicide evaluation. (GW)