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Abstract:My wife attemped suicide last week, what shall we do now?
My wife attempted suicide last week, what shall we do now?
From a medical point of view, only a small proportion of patients who attempted suicide will require in-patients psychiatric hospital care; these include those with severe psychiatric disorders and those judged by doctors to be at considerable risk of suicide. In case the admission is definitely indicated and the patient refuses this, the admission can be executed under some form of Medical Health Act that exists in every European country.
For about a third of such patients, outpatient care will be appropriate; these include patients who are facing social, interpersonal and practical difficulties in their lives and who appear prepared to tackle these difficulties.
Often, medication (against anxiety and/or depression) is necessary. But a specific treatment (psychological or pharmacological) is not required for all patients.
What is always required in a case of attempted suicide is a strong understanding of the need for help that drove that person toward this desperate action. Strong support given from the close loved ones will undoubtedly be the first and best care available unless it was not the "close beloved" who caused them to try suicide.
Web4Health cannot give advice about suicide. We always recommend immediate contact with a health professional on issues related to suicide.