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Samaritans say GPs could cut suicides

A report from the Samaritans explores the role of GP services in helping people who are at risk of suicide.

It identifies five areas for improvement to help GPs to offer life-saving support: the provision of effective, ongoing training for GPs; investment in the capacity of primary care services to enable longer appointments and continuity of care for patients needing ongoing support; emotional support for GPs themselves; more effective care pathways for people who feel suicidal to clinical and social support; and opportunities to refer patients who need more specialist support. More....