Year: 1998 Source: Psychiatric Bulletin, v.22, no.9, (September 1998), p.534-536 SIEC No: 19980977

Standard approaches to suicide prevention have concentrated on the rigorous assessment & management of suicidal risk. Using deliberate self-harm as an example, the relative merits of this “high-risk” strategy are discussed & compared with a population-based preventive strategy. The authors conclude that a combined approach offers the best hope for reducing the rate of suicide, although it may not fit easily with medical models of care. (15 refs.)