Year: 1998 Source: CMAJ. Canadian Medical Association Journal, v.158, no.4, (February 24, 1998), p.514-515 SIEC No: 19981189

Links observes that in the suicidal person, a passion for life often coexists with despair. He describes 3 examples from his personal practice of suicidal patients, & rays of hope they experienced in their lives. It is crucial for physicians to appreciate their role in helping to alleviate suicidal feelings in their patients. They must also sustain the belief that hope for a patient can be found even in the depths of despair. (1 ref.)