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April 5, 2006

Strategies to Prevent Suicide

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Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2006;295(13):1515-1516. doi:10.1001/jama.295.13.1515-b

To the Editor: Dr Mann and colleagues1 provide a comprehensive review of specific strategies that may be effective for reducing the public health burden and personal loss due to suicide. However, their categorization of the Air Force Suicide Prevention Program (AFSPP) as a “gatekeeper” strategy for preventing suicide (in Table 1 of their article) is an oversimplification of a multifaceted suicide prevention program that has demonstrated sustainability in reducing suicide events.25

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