Year: 1995 Source: The Lancet, v.345, no.8948, (February 25, 1995), p.524 SIEC No: 19950245

In this letter, the authors discuss the apparent success of an education program on the island of Gotland which taught general practitioners to recognize depression in their patients. After the program the number of suicides with major depression decreased to 11% of all suicides from 50% before the program. However, examination of the sex distribution of the suicides showed that this decrease was almost totally due to a decrease in female suicides. Some possible explanations are offered.