Suicide in Psychiatric Patients: Risk and Prevention
Factors which increase the risk of suicide & those that act as protection against suicide are reviewed. Protective factors are likely to lie in the nature of psychiatric care. Consequently, community care may affect suicide by altering the level of protection at critical periods in an episode of illness. The clinical prevention of suicide should be a priority for community services & the relationship between suicide & mental health care should be researched by a national process of monitoring.