Year: 2002 Source: Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, v.9, no.5, (2002), p.611-621 SIEC No: 20070249

This paper first describes the historical policy context of care for the suicidal client. Next it focuses on observation & concludes there is a range of well-established, empirically based problems or drawbacks to this approach. Following this, it focuses on engagement, inspiring hope & points out the key processes of engagement. The value & importance of these is described & alluded to throughout the limited research into the care of the suicidal client. The paper then describes criticisms of this approach & concludes by reiterating the need to replace observation with engagement-hope inspiration. (71 refs.)