GPs out of the loop on patient suicide risk

Family members know a lot about a close relative’s suicide risk, but they are not passing this information on to GPs, say researchers.

A review of 74 suicides in NSW and Queensland that involved contact with GPs found one in four families spoke to a doctor about suicide warning signs shortly before the patient’s death.

The warning signs included people suddenly changing their will, disposing of possessions, stock-piling pills and feelings of hopelessness.

“Even in cases involving people with recent

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