What is included in patient education about suicidal behaviors?

Updated: Aug 29, 2019
  • Author: Stephen Soreff, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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It is critical for patients to appreciate that suicidal behavior reflects mental illness. Moreover, the patient's family needs to see the patient’s behavior as a sign of an underlying problem. Family members often struggle with a series of conflicting feelings about the patient’s suicidal activities. Education and an opportunity to discuss their feelings can help.


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