[Repeated suicide attempts: a need for continued care].

Nederlands tijdschrift voor geneeskunde

PubMedID: 15366719

Tuerlings JH, van Waarde JA, Verwey B. [Repeated suicide attempts: a need for continued care]. Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd. 2004;148(31):1521-3.
Prevention of deliberate self-harm, especially suicide attempts, remains difficult and this puts a great burden on the family as well as on the health-care professionals. The risk of a subsequent suicide attempt or a successful suicide is high while the behaviour is often met with antipathy, a feeling of helplessness and anger. This is in conflict with the needs of the patient; every suicide attempt requires the health-care professionals involved to exhibit a emphatic, patient and serious attitude, even when patients refuse to cooperate, are restless, aggressive or unwilling to communicate. Prevention of the suicidal behaviour can only be achieved this way.