Suicide "contagion": what we know and what we need to find out

Bohanna, India (2013) Suicide "contagion": what we know and what we need to find out. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 185 (10). pp. 861-862.

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[Extract] Suicide is a global public health concern, claiming more than 1 million lives each year. Although many factors contribute to suicide, there is mounting evidence that exposure to suicide in some form can lead to imitative or "copycat" suicides. This concept of suicide "contagion" has existed for many years; however, it has generally received little empirical attention. Many aspects of this phenomenon remain mysterious, leaving us with limited ability to identify those at risk and suggest evidence-based postvention strategies. What we really want to know is, who is at risk and how can we help them?

Item ID: 27222
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 1488-2329
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2013 05:28
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 100%
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