Suicidal mental health inpatients: principal approaches to care
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Suicidal mental health inpatients: principal approaches to care

John R Cutcliffe Assistant Professor, Nursing, University of Alberta, Canada

There are two principal approaches to providing care for suicidal mental health inpatients, these are: special, close or non-routine observation and engagement/inspiring hope. By engaging with the patient the mental health nurse can try to understand his or her needs and to develop the means to re-instil hope.

Mental Health Practice. 5, 9,32-37. doi: 10.7748/mhp2002.06.5.9.32.c1726