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The Samaritans and the elderly
 — some problems in communication between a suicide prevention scheme and a group with a high suicide rate
Author(s)Maxwell Atkinson
Journal titleSocial Science and Medicine, 1971, vol 5, 1971
Pagespp 483-490
KeywordsSuicide ; Samaritans ; Telephone ; Social surveys.
AnnotationThe work of suicide agencies such as the Samaritans is based on a number of assumptions, but for schemes such as theirs to succeed, not only must they make their existence known to as many people as possible, those in need of help must be willing and able to contact them. Older people have repeatedly been found to have the highest suicide rate of all age groups, and at the same time are known to be under-represented by about half among the Samaritans' clients. This study attempts to throw light on two main questions: what proportion of old people actually know about the Samaritans; and what proportion can and do use the telephone, the main means of getting in touch with the Samaritans? (RH).
Accession NumberCPA-930810084
ClassmarkEV: PYS: UJ: 3F *

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