Special Issue "Understanding, Assessing and Preventing Suicidal Behavior"

A special issue of Medicina (ISSN 1648-9144). This special issue belongs to the section "Psychiatry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Vita Poštuvan
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Guest Editor
University of Primorska, Koper, Slovenia
Interests: Suicide Research; Suicide Prevention and Interventions; Mental Health; Bereavement and Postvention; Human Rights; CBT; mindfulness

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Suicide represents one of the most complex human behaviors. There are many scientific data already available that highlight the importance of specific risk factors of suicidality, but how the specific circumstances will play out in individual cases is difficult to predict. Moreover, the interplay of the individual, interpersonal, community-related and social factors is challenging to capture. This is even more true when we think about specific populations that are more vulnerable. Besides, despite relying on widely used clinical scales, science needs to pay more attention to making the assessment of suicidal behavior and suicide-related bereavement processes more credible and reliable. The value of good assessment tools is particularly important to analyze effectiveness of preventive or postventive interventions.

We therefore invite scholars who are trying to understand and explain suicidal behavior with qualitive and quantitative research designs to contribute to this Special Issue. We are interested in a broad area of research, aiming at the assessment of risk and protective factors, and evaluation of preventive and postventive measures. Submissions from all disciplines will be considered, and both original research as well as systematic reviews and meta-analyses on the topic are welcomed.

Prof. Vita Poštuvan
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Medicina is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • suicide
  • suicidal behavior
  • prevention
  • assessment
  • bereavement

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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