Year: 1988 Source: The Lamp, v.45, no.4, (May 1988), p.15-18 SIEC No: 19910019

Some of the theories on the causes of suicide are reviewed. The identification of high risk groups, with particular emphasis on groups that have attracted a psychiatric diagnosis is discussed & contemporary ideas on the nursing management of the suicidal client are reviewed. It is suggested that hospitalisation is often not necessary for suicidal clients if adequate community mental health services exist. The techniques used by a community mental health team are examined. (8 refs.)