Public health measures to reduce suicide and homicide by mentally ill people

Government health policies usually aim to protect, promote, and improve health, and to reduce premature avoidable mortality. Premature death from suicide is a significant cause of mortality worldwide—official suicides alone form the tenth leading cause of death in the world, equivalent in magnitude to deaths from road traffic accidents or malaria. A number of countries are now developing national suicide prevention policies (see Cha2t§Li/15:4).(42»

Psychiatric homicide prevention programmes will include improved training in risk assessment, improved co-ordination, continuity of care and communication between carers, and improved provision of high support for those in greatest need, particularly the provision of 24-hour nursing care for people for whom a lesser degree of support is insufficient.

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