Single face-to-face encounters cut suicide attempts: study

The next step is to ensure health professionals are trained to carry out such interventions, experts say

Brief face-to-face interventions designed to prevent suicide result in fewer suicide attempts and also improve the chance of follow-up with a mental health clinician, a US meta-analysis suggests.

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Such interventions, however, do not help reduce depression symptoms measured on follow-up 2-3 months later, the authors write in JAMA Psychiatry.

Their meta-analysis included 14 studies (12 carried out in the US) in which a total of 4270 people with an identified suicide risk