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The Veil of Silence

Lakshmi Viijayakumar and Lillian Craig Harris

in Mental Health and Human Rights

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Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199213962
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754500 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199213962.003.0036
The Veil of Silence

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In their commentary, Lakshmi Vijayakumar and Lillian Craig Harris discuss the size of the problem of suicide, its underreporting, the stigma of suicide, and ambivalence towards it. They note areas of particular vulnerability and concern, including refugees, prisoners, arranged marriages and ‘love failure’, the frequency of suicide pacts especially in the developing world, domestic violence, and child sexual abuse. The authors speak about the need for social change, the need for services, and an increasing role for the voices of suicide attempt survivors and families of those who have died, in advocating for new legal and educational remedies to enhance suicide prevention. They emphasize that suicide prevention is everyone’s business.

Chapter.  3836 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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