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Suicide Is Preventable: An Unsafe Clause


Pridmore, S and Maajid, A, Suicide Is Preventable: An Unsafe Clause, ASEAN Journal of Psychiatry, 17, (1) pp. 132-136. ISSN 2231-7805 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Objective: To examine and determine the possible meaning/s and scientific basis of the clause "Suicide is preventable"

Methods: We examined and compared a wide range of scientific literature, newspaper reports and electronic media publications.

Results: When made without a statement of clarification, the meaning and scientific basis of this clause cannot be substantiated.

Conclusions: When made without a statement of clarification, the clause "Suicide is preventable" has no meaning or scientific basis. It gives families, health professionals and the community wrong information and unrealistic expectations, and can lead to unjustified blaming of people who are attempting to help. Its continued use (in the absence of a clear statement of clarification) is discouraged.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:suicide, suicide prevention, mental disorder
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Mental Health
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Objective Field:Mental Health
Author:Pridmore, S (Professor Saxby Pridmore)
ID Code:108567
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Medicine (Discipline)
Deposited On:2016-04-26
Last Modified:2018-03-06

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