Para-suicide: a cause for nursing concern
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Para-suicide: a cause for nursing concern

Simon Palmer Charge Nurse, Night Duty, Trowbridge Community Hospital, Wiltshire

The government has recently highlighted the tragedy of lives lost through suicide, aiming to reduce this loss by positive intervention (1). This article examines societal and nursing attitudes towards those who commit suicide or para-suicide. It calls on nurses to recognise their own ambivalent feelings and argues for government intervention to eradicate many of the social factors leading to suicide.

Nursing Standard. 7, 19, 37-39. doi: 10.7748/ns.7.19.37.s42

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