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Suicide prevention: are we doing enough?

  • Alys Cole-King, Victoria Parker, Helen Williams and Stephen Platt

Healthcare professionals require an understanding of how the behaviour and characteristics of both patients and assessors can affect suicide risk identification and response. This article reviews the literature on how we currently assess suicide risk and considers the need for a paradigm shift in how healthcare professionals engage with and assess suicidal patients. It also reviews some of the evidence base for interventions to mitigate the risk of suicide and promotes pragmatic and compassionate interventions.

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Dr Alys Cole-King, Liaison Team Office, Ablett Unit, Glan Clwyd Hospital, Bodelwyddan, Denbighshire LL18 5UJ, UK. Email:
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This is the second of four articles in this issue of Advances discussing suicide. See also pp. 276–283, 292–294, 295–301.

Declaration of Interest

A.C.-K. has received funding to develop and deliver the Connecting with People suicide awareness training (a Connecting with People/STORM joint project).

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