Special Issue "Initiatives toward Suicide and Self-Harm Prevention: Addressing the Global Imperative"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Behavior, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2021).
2. Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia
3. Faculty of Engineering and Risk, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia
4. Department of Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Clayton, VIC, Australia
Interests: traumatic injury; injury outcomes; public health; global burden of disability; mental illness; suicide prevention; record linkage data; injury prevention
Interests: suicide prevention; mental illness; substance use disorder; e-mental health interventions for at-risk populations; Indigenous suicide prevention; health service research
2. School of Population and Global Health, The University of Western Australia, Perth, WA, Australia
3. National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University, Perth, WA, Australia
Interests: justice health; mental illness; substance use disorder; population health; injury; record linkage data
The annual incidence of mental ill-health episodes in developed nations such as Australia is around 1 in 5 persons; some may experience an acute episode for the first time, related to environmental stressors (such as is currently being seen in the global pandemic of COVID-19), or for reasons of financial, personal or relationship difficulty. It is well documented that many of these individuals do not seek treatment, or if they do, do not receive adequate care. This leads to further physical and mental distress which could have been mitigated with timely, appropriate intervention.
The costs of mental illness (including self-harm and suicide) to the Australian economy have been estimated at around $43 to $51 billion per year, in addition to the estimated $130 billion cost associated with the disparate physical health and reduced life expectancies for individuals living with mental illness. The creeping complexity of mental illness incorporates the same determinants of health that give rise to increased risks of justice system involvement, homelessness, substance use disorder, and social exclusion. All of these factors increase risks of sustaining traumatic injury either intentionally, through self-harm and suicide, or unintentionally, through increased vulnerability and exposure. Premature death in individuals diagnosed with mental illness is often preceded by years of poor health and insufficient access to physical health services compared to the general population.
Suicidal behaviour presents a significant health burden globally, with increasing efforts around the world now focussed on suicide prevention. However, not all initiatives are evidence based or effective. Given the scope, severity, and consistency of the problem of suicide, evidence-based approaches in suicide prevention are vital for an effective impact on a population level, and single intervention approaches are not sufficient.
To that end, we invite your submission to this Special Issue entitled “Suicide Prevention Strategies: Looking toward the Future”, targeted at the highest-quality research and reviews addressing all relevant aspects. Submissions can include systematic reviews, or original and experimental manuscripts that provide evidence to strengthen the global knowledge base in effective suicide prevention strategies.
Assoc. Prof. Fiona Shand
Dr. Lisa N. Sharwood
Dr. Jesse Young
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