WHO report says countries should do more to prevent suicides

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 04 September 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5461
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1The BMJ

Healthcare services should incorporate suicide prevention as a “core component” of their work as part of a wider prevention strategy, the World Health Organization has advised in a new report.

Preventing Suicide: A Global Imperative1 highlighted the importance of early identification and effective management of the mental health and alcohol disorders that can lead to suicide. It advised healthcare providers to embed these principles in the design of services and called for increased funding to be made available for the necessary improvements.

“Improving the quality of care for people seeking help can ensure that early interventions …

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