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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 50 (2008) 10, 667 - 671

Short report

The no-suicide contract: a risky ritual

P. de Vries, A. Huisman, A.J.F.M. Kerkhof, P.B.M. Robben

In spite of former research the preventive value of the no-suicide contract is still uncertain. Making up a no-suicide contract should be considered as a risky ritual because there is a chance for underestimation of the actual risk. Less risky alternatives are: systematic risk assessment, the commitment to treatment statement and the delay or reconsideration agreement.


keywords no-suicide contract; suicideprevention