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dc.contributor.authorDe Leo, Diegoen_US
dc.description.abstractIn humanistic domains such as ethics, philosophy and anthropology the debate on the legitimacy of preventing suicide seems to have proceeded in parallel with the history of human development (Minois, 1999). Even in the medical world, where suicide has been acknowledged as a primary public health problem within the past century, and where the World Health Organization declared the fight against suicide as a priority for the first time in the year 2000, there is disagreement about the effectiveness of preventive efforts (Wilkinson, 1994). There are many reasons for such scepticism, all of them more or less centred on the extreme complexity of the suicide phenomenon and its relative rarity. A recent World Health Report (World Health Organization, 2001) calculated the number of recorded suicide deaths to be 815 000 worldwide (0.0135% of the global population), a burden slightly lower than the estimate of 1 million published in an earlier technical report dedicated to suicide (World Health Organization, 1999).en_US
dc.publisherRoyal College of Psychiatristsen_US
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalBritish Journal of Psychiatryen_US
dc.titleWhy are we not getting any closer to preventing suicide?en_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC3 - Letter or Noteen_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
gro.facultyGriffith Health, Australian Institute for Suicide Research & Preventionen_US
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