Year: 2007 Source: Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, v.13, no.2, (March 2007), p.134-138 SIEC No: 20080084

Patient suicide is a relatively common event, 50-70% of consultant psychiatrists & 40-50% of psychiatric trainees have experienced at least one patient suicide. This article reviews the personal & professional effects of patient suicide & coping mechanisms used by mental health workers after a patient’s death. A number of recommendations are offered including: a greater emphasis on patient suicide during training; enhanced formal & informal support systems; increased awareness of the burden informal support places on family & friends; explorations of other supports; & local team initiatives to identify potential issues & support. (12 refs.)