Year: 2004 Source: British Journal of General Practice, v.54, no.501, (April 2004), p.279-281 SIEC No: 20041169

Using data from a study of suicide completers who were not in contact with specialist mental health services, the authors found that the rate of detection & treatment of mental health problems in primary care was high. The major barrier to receipt of care for mental health problems prior to suicide was non-consultation. The study also shows that detection & management in primary care does not necessarily result in prevention of suicide. Implications for public education, service access & prevention are considered. (9 refs)