A specialized inpatient unit for suicidal patients

Lil Träskman-Bendz and Charlotta Sunnqvist

in Oxford Textbook of Suicidology and Suicide Prevention

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ISBN: 9780198570059
Published online July 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199640461 | DOI:

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A specialized inpatient unit for suicidal patients

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In 1986, the Suicide Research Unit (SRU) in Lund, Sweden was established. The unit included a psychiatric inpatient facility specializing in suicidal behaviour until it closed down in 2001. Structured management based on research, scientific evidence and confidence-building measures was offered. The SRU also had a consultation liaison with somatic clinics, an outpatient facility, as well as a unit for the aftermaths of suicide. At SRU, a structured psychiatric diagnostics as well as an organized nursing concept with different levels of supervision and treatment planning were in use. Care included contacts with families and significant others. SRU also collaborated with child and adolescent psychiatry staff. In order to prevent further suicidal acts, a confidence-inspiring relationship with the patients was created at SRU. Strong empathy for suicidal patients, non-judgemental attitudes as well as acceptance of the various feelings of the patients were cornerstones of the care. Warning signs of suicidal behaviour were discovered and discerned.

Chapter.  4330 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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