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RMIRECC Short Takes on Suicide Prevention


Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Suicide Prevention has started a serial podcast called Short Takes on Suicide Prevention. We interview leaders in the field of suicide prevention in an attempt to make their research accessible to everyone.

Mar 16, 2016

Adam Hoffberg interviews Dr. Peter Gutierrez about an editorial by Dr Declan Murray in the British Journal of Psychiatry Open (DOI: 10.1192/bjpo.bp.115.002071) in which Dr Murray discusses abandoning suicide risk assessment.


patrick devitt
three and a half years ago

Excellent discussion on a very important paper.
Intrinsic to the definition of risk is the idea of prediction. If prediction is not possible we should stop using the term risk. As Dr Guttierrez infers, a patient presenting with the language of suicide is saying he is in a state of distress which, in some cases, though not all, may be alleviated by mental health treatment.