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Close contact with the family can save from suicide

May 3, 2017 15:41

05/03/2017 15:34

A study on the cases of suicide in Australia, highlights the lack of communication with the health care staff, and family members a month before the death.

A team of researchers led by Professor Brian Draper conducted a psychological examination of 74 cases of suicide in Queensland and New South Wales.

Most suicides (62%) - men aged 54 years, who had contact with healthcare professionals and the closest relatives for a month before his death.

"We found that family members often suspected suicide than health professionals, - says Professor Draper. - Immediate family members are aware of the most indirect statements about suicide, drafting wills, expressing feelings of hopelessness. However, in 25 percent of cases the connection between close relatives, who would have noticed the signs of suicide, or medical professionals, who could pick up medication was missing. mental health specialists were not able to contact with general practitioners in 40 percent of cases of suicides of people with mental illness. "

A study presented at the annual congress of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists in Adelaide.

According to Professor Draper, conducted in-depth interviews with relatives and health professionals about the last communication with the dead, including plans and history of suicide.

"Although thirty percent of the dead were no mental illness, it is necessary to conduct regular public psychiatric campaign covering signs of suicide, mental illness and how to access help for suspected suicide," - he says.

"Clinicians should try to attract families to the treatment of people with mental illness, especially in the case of depression, so you can share information about the human condition. It is necessary to inform about the risk of suicide to family and friends of patients - with their consent, as far as possible - for more accurate assessments and comprehensive treatment plans. Families need more information to support family members in the treatment process. "



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