Year: 2003 Source: British Journal of Psychiatry, v.182, no.3, (March 2003), p.261-265 SIEC No: 20040109

The authors aimed to establish what helped patients with severe psychiatric illness when they felt suicidal. Three quarters of patients interviewed were in contact with psychiatric services when feeling at their lowest, contact which was generally deemed to be helpful. Social networks were considered just as helpful as psychiatric services by the half of patients who discussed their feelings with friends or relatives. Religious beliefs & affiliations were helpful. Negative influences included the media & the stigma of psychiatric illness. (28 refs)