Year: 1999 Source: British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, v.27, no.4, (November 1999), p.555-565 SIEC No: 20030901

The attitudes toward suicide of 127 trainee teachers (aged 18-21 years) from a large metropolitan university were examined. It was found that they held complex opinions about suicide. While endorsing the metaphor representing suicide as a cry for help, they also perceived the communicative intent of suicide as being primarily manipulative in nature. These results are discussed with reference to training & support of teachers by counsellors in secondary-school settings. (34 refs)