Special Issue "Suicide Prevention and Public Health"

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A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2011)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Danuta Wasserman
Department of Public Health Sciences, The National Prevention of Suicide and Mental Ill-Health (NASP), Karolinska Institute (KI), SE-171 77 Stockholm, Sweden
Website: http://ki.se/ki/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=8922&l=en
E-Mail: danuta.wasserman@ki.se

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Gustavo Turecki
Department of Psychiatry, McGill University/ Douglas Mental Health Institute, Frank B. Common Pavilion, F-2101, 6875 LaSalle Boulevard Montreal, Quebec H4H 1R3, Canada
Website: http://www.douglasresearch.qc.ca/researcher/gustavo-turecki
E-Mail: gustavo.turecki@mcgill.ca
Interests: suicide; depressive disorders; early-life adversity; neurobiology; epigenetics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

According to WHO estimates, approximately one million people die each year from suicide worldwide, and approximately 10-20 times that number will attempt suicide. Among the age group 15-34 years, suicide ranks second in some European countries as the most common cause of death, following traffic and other accidents. It is imperative to recognize that these fatalities can be avoided given that suicide is preventable.

There are essential strategies in suicide prevention that prove invaluable. One recognized conceptual strategies in suicide prevention is the Universal/Selective/Indicated (U.S.I.) model. The USI scheme has both a temporal perspective and target population perspective. Universal prevention is primarily aimed at general populations, e.g. the limitation of access to toxic substances, which are used as means of suicide and increasing awareness about prevention of mental ill-health and suicide. Selective prevention targets subgroups that are at increased risk for suicidal behavior, e.g. treatment of people with mental disorders and substance use disorders, psychological support to persons in crisis situations or with physical disabilities. Indicated prevention is directed at persons who have already experienced symptoms. For instance, an intervention in the indicated scheme is treatment and close follow-up of people with depression, bipolar disorders, recurrent psychotic episodes and intensive psychosocial follow-up of suicide attempters.

Suicide prevention strategies can be healthcare or public health oriented. Health care oriented schemes use the individual-centered approach with the focus on early diagnosis of psychiatric disorders (e.g. depression), treatment of patients, attitudes toward suicide and suicide prevention among healthcare staff. Public health strategies, in prevention of suicide, are directed toward groups and whole populations. Its objectives are to promote mental health policies and education about prevention of mental ill-health and suicide in working places, schools, etc.as well as education of general public about prevention of mental problems and about treatment of mental disorders.

It is important to integrate various conceptual frameworks and strategies in order to maximize their effectiveness. Prevention of suicide should always involve a whole series of activities, ranging from improving conditions for bringing up children and young people, to controlling environmental risk factors, to giving the best effective treatment of mental disorders both in the community and within the mental health care services. Given the importance of suicide prevention and the need to better integrate various conceptual frameworks and strategies, additional work and debates are needed.

Prof. Dr. Danuta Wasserman
Prof. Dr. Gustavo Turecki
Guest Editor

Keywords

  • suicide
  • attempted suicide
  • prevention
  • public-health
  • awareness

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p. 2504-2519
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(7), 2504-2519; doi:10.3390/ijerph9072504
Received: 19 June 2012; in revised form: 8 July 2012 / Accepted: 11 July 2012 / Published: 19 July 2012
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(5), 1927-1938; doi:10.3390/ijerph9051927
Received: 13 March 2012; Accepted: 11 May 2012 / Published: 18 May 2012
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p. 1135-1158
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(4), 1135-1158; doi:10.3390/ijerph9041135
Received: 14 February 2012; in revised form: 13 March 2012 / Accepted: 20 March 2012 / Published: 28 March 2012
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p. 985-994
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(3), 985-994; doi:10.3390/ijerph9030985
Received: 2 February 2012; in revised form: 5 March 2012 / Accepted: 12 March 2012 / Published: 19 March 2012
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p. 924-931
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(3), 924-931; doi:10.3390/ijerph9030924
Received: 4 January 2012; in revised form: 23 February 2012 / Accepted: 7 March 2012 / Published: 15 March 2012
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p. 772-780
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(3), 772-780; doi:10.3390/ijerph9030772
Received: 13 January 2012; in revised form: 22 February 2012 / Accepted: 2 March 2012 / Published: 5 March 2012
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(3), 760-771; doi:10.3390/ijerph9030760
Received: 2 February 2012; in revised form: 13 February 2012 / Accepted: 22 February 2012 / Published: 2 March 2012
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(3), 722-745; doi:10.3390/ijerph9030722
Received: 26 January 2012; in revised form: 16 February 2012 / Accepted: 22 February 2012 / Published: 1 March 2012
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p. 712-721
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(3), 712-721; doi:10.3390/ijerph9030712
Received: 16 January 2012; in revised form: 2 February 2012 / Accepted: 21 February 2012 / Published: 29 February 2012
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p. 596-609
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(2), 596-609; doi:10.3390/ijerph9020596
Received: 28 December 2011; in revised form: 21 January 2012 / Accepted: 6 February 2012 / Published: 16 February 2012
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(2), 531-547; doi:10.3390/ijerph9020531
Received: 16 December 2011; in revised form: 11 January 2012 / Accepted: 26 January 2012 / Published: 14 February 2012
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(2), 521-530; doi:10.3390/ijerph9020521
Received: 21 December 2011; in revised form: 26 January 2012 / Accepted: 6 February 2012 / Published: 10 February 2012
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p. 462-473
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(2), 462-473; doi:10.3390/ijerph9020462
Received: 21 December 2011; in revised form: 11 January 2012 / Accepted: 21 January 2012 / Published: 31 January 2012
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(1), 178-191; doi:10.3390/ijerph9010178
Received: 9 November 2011; in revised form: 13 December 2011 / Accepted: 5 January 2012 / Published: 11 January 2012
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p. 123-138
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(1), 123-138; doi:10.3390/ijerph9010123
Received: 10 November 2011; in revised form: 15 December 2011 / Accepted: 30 December 2011 / Published: 4 January 2012
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(1), 24-32; doi:10.3390/ijerph9010024
Received: 8 November 2011; in revised form: 12 December 2011 / Accepted: 21 December 2011 / Published: 27 December 2011
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2011, 8(12), 4550-4562; doi:10.3390/ijerph8124550
Received: 27 October 2011; in revised form: 15 November 2011 / Accepted: 29 November 2011 / Published: 7 December 2011
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2011, 8(11), 4180-4196; doi:10.3390/ijerph8114180
Received: 29 August 2011; in revised form: 6 October 2011 / Accepted: 28 October 2011 / Published: 7 November 2011
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2011, 8(10), 3938-3952; doi:10.3390/ijerph8103938
Received: 5 September 2011; in revised form: 4 October 2011 / Accepted: 5 October 2011 / Published: 11 October 2011
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2011, 8(8), 3479-3495; doi:10.3390/ijerph8083479
Received: 29 June 2011; in revised form: 3 August 2011 / Accepted: 17 August 2011 / Published: 23 August 2011
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