Year: 1980 Source: Task Force on Suicide, National Health & Welfare, (1980: Toronto). 10p. SIEC No: 19900642

This paper argues the theory that most suicides are caused by mental illness. The author outlines supporting research, as well as less conclusive studies on the link between attempted suicide & mental illness. The author feels mental illness is usually necessary for suicide, but the reason why most mentally disturbed people do not commit suicide needs to be researched more extensively. The author asserts problems with identification make prevention difficult. (VM)