Year: 1988 Source: Journal of the Florida Medical Association, v.75, no.9, (September 1988), p.610-613 SIEC No: 19901463

Extensive efforts of the past 30 years have not reduced the incidence of suicide in the U.S. Prevention centres provide valuable services in crisis intervention but this is not prevention in an epidemiological sense. Author discusses the clinical aspects of suicidal behaviours, prediction, basic approaches to suicide prevention, activities of suicide prevention centres, and the physician’s role in identifying the suicidal patient.