Year: 1971 Source: Medical Journal of Australia, v.2, no.25, (December 1971), p.1309 SIEC No: 20060126

This letter is a response to an interview that aired the view that attempted suicide was often a spontaneous act. General practitioners were said to spend too little time counselling potential suicide patients, & prescribed a sedative or antidepressant as a simpler substitute. However, the things that deserve to be publicized are all the right decisions general practitioners make about which drug is right for which patient & the number of potential deaths by suicide that are avoided.