Suicide has been identified as a major international public health priority. This presentation will examine ‘core challenges’ that impede the successful development and dissemination of effective prevention initiatives.
Data from the US and other countries will be used to illustrate key discussion points. Apparent challenges must be frankly and creatively addressed if we propose to prevent suicide at national, community, or institutional levels. The presentation draws upon lessons gleaned from both effective and less successful approaches, and considers future opportunities.
Suicide is preventable! Future initiatives must integrate injury prevention and mental health perspectives, identify common risks, and create and sustain a mosaic of coordinated programmes in order to enhance community health and promote mental health, and to provide timely access to services across diverse social settings.
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