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A Call for Preventing Suicide by Hanging from Ceiling Fans: An Interdisciplinary Research Agenda

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School of Health & Society, University of Wollongong, Wollongong NSW 2522, Australia
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School of Graduate Medicine, University of Wollongong, Wollongong NSW 2522, Australia
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School of Civil, Mining, & Environmental Engineering, University of Wollongong, Wollongong NSW 2522, Australia
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Australian Institute for Suicide Research & Prevention, WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Suicide Prevention, Griffith University, Nathan QLD 4222, Australia
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(15), 2708; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16152708
Received: 17 June 2019 / Revised: 19 July 2019 / Accepted: 26 July 2019 / Published: 29 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Suicide Prevention Strategies)
Hanging is a common method of suicide in several countries. Even as global suicide rates decrease, there is no evidence of suicides by hanging declining. There is limited research by type of hanging, and only a few papers present suicide by hanging from ceiling fans. Our paper proposes a research agenda that will: specify the size of the problem of hanging by ceiling fan (Stage 1: Surveillance), use standard engineering product development processes to modify ceiling fans for reducing their lethal capacity (Stage 2: Design Testing and Redevelopment), and examine the resulting beta- and release-build fans for safety and potential to reduce suicide in community samples (Stage 3: Evaluation). View Full-Text
Keywords: means restriction; hanging; ceiling fan; engineering innovation; suicide means restriction; hanging; ceiling fan; engineering innovation; suicide
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Kariippanon, K.; Wilson, C.J.; McCarthy, T.J.; Kõlves, K. A Call for Preventing Suicide by Hanging from Ceiling Fans: An Interdisciplinary Research Agenda. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 2708.

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