Danuta Wasserman, MD, PhD – Karolinska Institute, Stockholm
To prevent suicide, the involvement of the patient’s family is crucial. They live with the patient and see his or her problems. At times the relationships may be tense because the patient may be depressed, suicidal, challenging, or aggressive. But Danuta Wasserman, MD, PhD, immediate past president of the European Psychiatric Association and Professor of Psychiatry and Suicide Prevention at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, says physicians’ encouraging family involvement can pay off in the long run.