10 fundamentals for dealing with suicidality

Evidence-based tips for managing patients in primary care

GPs are well placed to help reduce the rate of suicide simply because they are the most frequent providers of mental health care — and often the patient’s first port of call.

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The evidence shows that offering comfort, reassurance and hope, and avoiding judgement, is fundamental to a successful outcome.

“Doctors should remember that a therapeutic relationship can be protective,” writes Associate Professor Josephine Anderson and colleagues in the latest issue of Australian Prescriber.

Most patients can be managed in primary care, they say.