Suicide prevention in Germany

Elmar Etzersdorfer

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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Suicide prevention in Germany

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The suicide rate in Germany is around the European average; nevertheless, in Germany the third highest absolute number of suicides is committed in Europe (after France and Poland). In 2005, there were 10.260 suicides (7.523 males and 2.737 females; 18.7 and 6.5/100.000, respectively). There are marked regional differences that have been observed for many years, and the suicides reflect a Hungarian pattern (increasing rates with increasing age).

There are many initiatives, as well as institutions, all over the country, which cover a broad spectrum ranging from telephone services and crisis intervention centres to inpatient facilities. I will, therefore, focus on the most important and influential activity of the last years, i.e. the implementation of a national suicide prevention programme (NaSPro, Nationales Suizidpraventionsprogramm).

Chapter.  649 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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