The British Journal of Psychiatry


One hundred suicides were investigated retrospectively by interviewing surviving relatives. Nine-three per cent were diagnosed mentally ill, 85 per cent suffering from depression or alcoholism. Eighty per cent were seeing a doctor and 80 per cent were prescribed psychotropic drugs. Over a half had given warnings of suicidal thinking. Some suicides may be preventable with modern psychiatric treatment, but our investigation showed that these methods were not always being effectively deployed.