New Approaches to Preventing Suicide: A Manual for Practitioners

New Approaches to Preventing Suicide: A Manual for Practitioners

New Approaches to Preventing Suicide: A Manual for Practitioners

New Approaches to Preventing Suicide: A Manual for Practitioners


"This manual provides health, social care and criminal justice professionals with all the most up-to-date information needed to make a positive contribution to suicide prevention in institutional and community settings." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved


Suicide is a major problem and its prevention is a worldwide priority. In recent years, significant steps have been taken to reduce the incidence of suicide. Prevention initiatives have been launched in the USA, Canada, Australia and other countries, including England, where the National Institute for Mental Health in England (NIMHE) is co-ordinating the implementation of a National Suicide Prevention Strategy.

Suicide is a complex, multifactorial phenomenon. There is no single way of preventing it. Population approaches such as the reduction of access to suicidal methods need to be combined with attention to particular high-risk social groups, with engagement with the media to ensure the appropriate portrayal and reporting of suicide and with the promotion of good mental health. Research needs to continue into effective preventive interventions and initiatives need to be co-ordinated across society to include not just health and social services but education, the workplace, voluntary organisations and the criminal justice system.

However, such large scale national efforts will not be effective unless people are equipped to play their part. The objective of this book is to help people, whether they are professionals from such backgrounds as medicine, nursing and social work or whether they work in other capacities with those at risk, to increase their understanding of suicide prevention. A wide range of imaginative perspectives from health and social services, the criminal justice system, service users, voluntary organisations and the legal profession has been brought together to provide fresh insights into how suicide can be prevented in practice and how education and training can make a difference. I commend this book to the individual practitioner, to service managers, to educationalists and to all who come into contact with those at risk.

Professor Louis Appleby National Director for Mental Health in England . . .

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