Prevention of suicide and attempted suicide

A wide diversity of individuals are at risk of suicidal behaviour and it occurs in relation to a wide range of problems and situations. (6) For example, suicide may occur in the context of long-term difficulties extending back to childhood, acute severe life events, or, and perhaps most importantly, acute or long-term and relapsing mental illness. Because of this the range of potential prevention strategies is also wide.

While ethical issues in relation to suicide prevention are not dealt with in detail in this chapter, they are none the less highly important. Opinions will vary, for example, about whether suicide should always be prevented. This particularly relates to suicides occurring in the context of terminal and/or painful physical illnesses, and relapsing and debilitating mental illnesses. The ethics of suicide prevention overlap those of assisted suicide and euthanasia. Psychiatrists are increasingly likely to be drawn into debate and controversy about the ethical aspects of these issues, particularly in relation to severe and chronic mental illness, and mental health aspects of assisted suicide and euthanasia in people with severe physical illnesses. The reader is referred to an article by Burgess and Hawton (21) which provides a detailed consideration of this important topic.

Cultural and ethnicity issues are also very important when considering prevention strategies. For example, while suicide rates are generally relatively low in young females in the United Kingdom, this is not the case in young Asian females of the Hindu faith, in which rates are relatively high and greater than in their male peers. (22) The issues surrounding such deaths are often related to cultural clashes regarding values and expectations between young Asian females and their parents.

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