Elderly suicide, mental health professionals, and the clergy: a need for clinical collaboration, training, and research.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

This article addresses the need for improved clergy-mental health professional collaboration in the assessment and treatment of elderly suicide. Millions of older adults with personal problems seek the counsel of clergy. A recent Gallup survey found that elders are more willing to turn to their clergy than their medical doctor or a mental health specialist for help when a friend is contemplating suicide (Gallup Organization, 1992). Elder suicide prevention presents the mental health and religious communities with unique opportunities to work together in the best interests of those they serve.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Weaver, AJ; Koenig, HG

Published Date

  • September 1996

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 20 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 495 - 508

PubMed ID

  • 10169703

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0748-1187

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/07481189608252757


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States