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    Summary: "Suicides are preventable. Even so, every 40 seconds a person dies by suicide somewhere in the world and many more attempt suicide. Suicides occur in all regions of the world and throughout the lifespan. Notably, among young people 15-29 years of age, suicide is the second leading cause of death globally. Suicide impacts on the most vulnerable of the world's populations and is highly prevalent in already marginalized and discriminated groups of society. It is not just a serious public health problem in developed countries; in fact, most suicides occur in low- and middle-income countries where resources and services, if they do exist, are often scarce and limited for early identification, treatment and support of people in need. These striking facts and the lack of implemented timely interventions make suicide a global public health problem that needs to be tackled imperatively. This report is the first WHO publication of its kind and brings together what is known in a convenient form so that immediate actions can be taken. The report aims to increase the awareness of the public health significance of suicide and suicide attempts and to make suicide prevention a higher priority on the global public health agenda. It aims to encourage and support countries to develop or strengthen comprehensive suicide prevention strategies in a multisectoral public health approach. For a national suicide prevention strategy, it is essential that governments assume their role of leadership, as they can bring together a multitude of stakeholders who may not otherwise collaborate. Governments are also in a unique position to develop and strengthen surveillance and to provide and disseminate data that are necessary to inform action. This report proposes practical guidance on strategic actions that governments can take on the basis of their resources and existing suicide prevention activities. In particular, there are evidence-based and low-cost interventions that are effective, even in resource-poor settings. This publication would not have been possible without the significant contributions of experts and partners from all over the world. We would like to thank them for their important work and support. The report is intended to be a resource that will allow policy-makers and other stakeholders to make suicide prevention an imperative. Only then can countries develop a timely and effective national response and, thus, lift the burden of suffering caused by suicide and suicide attempts from individuals, families, communities and society as a whole."--Preface, page 03.

    Executive summary
    Global epidemiology of suicide and suicide attempts
    Suicide mortality
    Suicide attempts
    Risk and protective factors, and related interventions
    Health system and societal risk factors
    Community and relationship risk factors
    Individual risk factors
    What protects people from the risks of suicide?
    The current situation in suicide prevention
    What is known and what has been achieved
    What are countries doing about suicide prevention now?
    Current legal status of suicide around the world and perspectives for change
    Working towards a comprehensive national response for suicide prevention
    How can countries create a comprehensive national strategy and why is it useful?
    How can progress be tracked when evaluating a national suicide prevention strategy?
    The cost and cost-effectiveness of suicide prevention efforts
    The way forward for suicide prevention
    What can be done and who needs to be involved?
    Forging a way forward
    What does success look like?
    Key messages
    Annex 1. Estimated numbers and rates of suicide by sex and age, 2000 and 2012
    Annex 2. WHO Member States grouped by WHO Region and average income per capita.
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    Call Number
    Books: General Collection (Downstairs)
    RC569 .P725 2014