Year: 2006 Source: Bulletin of the World Health Organization, v.84, no.6, (June 2006), p.492-493 SIEC No: 20060934

This article discusses the potential of simple screening methods to detect depression as one strategy for suicide prevention. Results from recent studies conducted by the authors indicate that including one or two screening questions in annual medical check-ups (compulsory for Japanese workers)is an effective way to screen for major depressive disorders. The Japanese government has set a goal of reducing the country’s incidence of suicide; the authors believe systematic screening for depression will help to achieve this goal. (6 refs.)