Each year at least 18,000 persons in the United States take their own lives, and at least ten times that number make such an attempt. Since very few suicides are committed by psychotics, what are we to assume about the mental health of the rest? The Cry for Help conveys the suffering, the anguish, and the cry for help that is expressed by the suicidal behavior.
In the authors' previous volume, Clues to Suicide, attention was focused on the complexities of the whole gamut of suicidal behavior and ideation. The present book continues this area of research on suicide but focuses on the responses by the community and the individual practitioners to the suicidal cry for help. Various schools of psychiatry provide both theoretical formulations about the personality in which suicidal processes occur and ways of treating such people. Suicidal behavior lends itself to many interpretations and formulations.