10 fundamentals for dealing with suicidality
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.
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.