Year: 1998 Source: New York, NY: Plenum Press, 1998. p.281-285 SIEC No: 19980051

This chapter asks if the health community truly understands suicide and its prevalence among different cultures and different age groups. Several examples of people contemplating suicide and then seeking help from a volunteer group called The Samaritan are given. These examples draw from the young and elderly in China and Hong Kong. In order to help lower the suicide rate, one must understand common pressures afflicting people in certain cultures and age groups, and provide people to listen.