Year: 1992 Source: Canada's Mental Health, v.40, no.3, (September 1992), p.24-29 SIEC No: 19920544

The activities of suicide prevention centres are described & the question of their effectiveness is raised. Results from a study of telephone services at 2 Quebec centres are presented. Many callers seem to benefit from calls, as indicated by decreased ratings for depression & suicidal urgency, & by the fact that most callers will make, & respect, a contract. Results suggest that suicide prevention centres do help people; although effects on the overall suicide rate are difficult to measure.