The role of the state and legislation in suicide prevention

Martin Anderson and Rachel Jenkins

in Oxford Textbook of Suicidology and Suicide Prevention

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ISBN: 9780198570059
Published online July 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199640461 | DOI:

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The role of the state and legislation in suicide prevention

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This chapter explores the way in which current states intervene in suicide prevention. The broader context for the development of national policy will be discussed including guidance from the WHO and the United Nations. At the centre of this is the recognition of suicide as a global phenomenon and the need to ensure that countries do all they can to reduce suicide rates and help those bereaved by suicide. We examine how nations have been asked to consider suicide prevention in national public health policy and look at the common areas for state intervention. The chapter draws upon information from the five continents perspective and emphasizes the similarities, differences and areas in which state work is needed.

Chapter.  5901 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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