Opportunities for suicide prevention in the general medical setting
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Opportunities for suicide prevention in the general medical setting

Gabriella Landy Core trainee 3, psychiatry, Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust, London, England
Mukesh Kripalani Approved clinician consultant psychiatrist independent sector and special adviser to the Care Quality Commission. Regional representative, Royal College of Psychiatrists, London, England

People who complete suicide are in contact with general medical services frequently in the year before their death. The high rate of medical contacts in the year before suicide and evidence that psychiatric conditions are under-diagnosed suggests that a significant opportunity for suicide prevention exists in the general medical setting. This article makes several recommendations to seize this opportunity with the aim of reaching as many patients as possible, ensuring early diagnosis and treatment of mental health problems and providing compassionate care to those who most need it.

Nursing Standard. 30, 10,44-48. doi: 10.7748/ns.30.10.44.s47

Correspondence

drmukesh@doctors.org.uk

Peer review

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Received: 19 November 2014

Accepted: 12 May 2015