Reducing Suicide: A National Imperative

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Every year, about 30,000 people die by suicide in the U.S., and some 650,000 receive emergency treatment after a suicide attempt. Often, those most at risk are the least able to access professional help.

Reducing Suicide provides a blueprint for addressing this tragic and costly problem: how we can build an appropriate infrastructure, conduct needed research, and improve our ability to recognize suicide risk and effectively intervene. Rich in data, the book also strikes an intensely personal chord, featuring compelling quotes about people’s experience with suicide. The book explores the factors that raise a person’s risk of suicide: psychological and biological factors including substance abuse, the link between childhood trauma and later suicide, and the impact of family life, economic status, religion, and other social and cultural conditions. The authors review the effectiveness of existing interventions, including mental health practitioners’ ability to assess suicide risk among patients. They present lessons learned from the Air Force suicide prevention program and other prevention initiatives. And they identify barriers to effective research and treatment.

This new volume will be of special interest to policy makers, administrators, researchers, practitioners, and journalists working in the field of mental health.

 

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Executive Summary
1
1 Introduction
17
2 Magnitude of the Problem
33
3 Psychiatric and Psychological Factors
69
4 Biological Factors
119
5 Childhood Trauma
157
6 Society and Culture
193
7 Medical and Psychotherapeutic Interventions
229
9 Barriers to Effective Treatment and Intervention
331
10 Barriers to Research and Promising Approaches
375
11 Findings and Recommendations
423
A Statistical Details
441
B Consultants
469
C Workshop Agendas
472
Index
475
Prawa autorskie

8 Programs for Suicide Prevention
273

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