Year: 1997 Source: British Journal of Psychiatry, v.171, (1997), p.351-354 SIEC No: 19980248

High-risk & population-based prevention strategies based upon a number of stated assumptions & hypothetical interventions were examined. Published literature was used to estimate the population attributable fractions for both types of strategies. Results indicate that high-risk strategies would have only a modest effect on population suicide rates. The UK national target to reduce suicide is more likely to be achieved using population-based strategies, e.g. reducing availability of means.