Suicide from a Public Health Perspective

Said Shahtahmasebi, PhD
The Good Life Research Centre Trust, Christchurch, New Zealand

Joav Merrick, MD, MMedSci, DMSc,
Medical Director, Health Services, Division for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services, Jerusalem, Israel
Division of Adolescent Medicine, KY Children’s Hospital, Department of Pediatrics, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Jerusalem, Israel
Division of Pediatrics, Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Centers, Mt Scopus Campus, Jerusalem, Israel
School of Public Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Series: Health and Human Development
BISAC: PSY037000



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It is globally agreed that suicide is a preventable and unnecessary death. Suicide is often referred to as a public health concern, but for prevention purposes, it is classified under mental health. Despite a large volume of research, only in recent years has there been an official acknowledgement of the complexity of suicide, but the whole issue of suicide including research, intervention and prevention remains firmly under the control of the mental health act in most Western countries.

There is no statistical evidence to support mental illness and depression as the main causes of suicide. How do we comfort and explain to suicide survivors suicide of a loved one having bombarded the society with the fact that suicide is a preventable death? Is it a matter of convenience for all concerned to have something to blame suicide on for our failure to prevent it? As long as we allow politics to govern suicide prevention, the cost of suicide will increase year upon year and cycles in suicide trends will continue their pattern. Prevention starts at home, in school and in the community at the earliest age possible. (Imprint: Nova Biomedical )


Chapter 1. Introduction to Suicide

Section One: Suicide and Mental Illness

Chapter 2. Suicide and Mental Illness

Chapter 3. Suicide, Mental Illness and New Zealand

Section Two: Suicide Research

Chapter 4. Youth Suicide Research and Trends

Chapter 5. Research Methodology to Understand Suicide

Section Three: Social Change and Suicide

Chapter 6. Internet and the Media

Chapter 7. War and Suicide

Chapter 8. Military and Suicide

Chapter 9. Suicide, Alcohol and Substance Abuse

Chapter 10. Suicide, Social Change, Training and Service Development

Section Four: Survivors of Suicide

Chapter 11. Survivors

Section Five: Suicide Research without Understanding Suicide or Suicide Data

Chapter 12. Subway Suicide

Chapter 13. Suicide Prevention

Chapter 14. Is there a Link between Suicide Survivors and Suicide Prevention?

Chapter 15. Policy Making

Section Six: Suicide in Indigenous Populations

Chapter 16. Suicide Prevention among Indigenous Populations

Section Seven: Policy Analysis and Policy Development

Chapter 17. Youth Suicide Prevention at the Grassroots

Chapter 18. De-Politicizing Youth Suicide Prevention

Chapter 19. Suicide Prevention and Psychiatric Services

Section Eight: Acknowledgments

Chapter 20. About the Authors

Chapter 21. About the the Good Life Research Centre Trust, New Zealand

Chapter 22. About the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Israel

Chapter 23. About the Book Series “Health and Human Development”

Section Nine: Index


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