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Suicide prevention in Germany 

Suicide prevention in Germany
Suicide prevention in Germany

Elmar Etzersdorfer

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date: 21 May 2022

The suicide rate in Germany is around the European average; nevertheless, in Germany the third highest absolute number of suicides is committed in Europe (after France and Poland). In 2005, there were 10.260 suicides (7.523 males and 2.737 females; 18.7 and 6.5/100.000, respectively). There are marked regional differences that have been observed for many years, and the suicides reflect a Hungarian pattern (increasing rates with increasing age).

There are many initiatives, as well as institutions, all over the country, which cover a broad spectrum ranging from telephone services and crisis intervention centres to inpatient facilities. I will, therefore, focus on the most important and influential activity of the last years, i.e. the implementation of a national suicide prevention programme (NaSPro, Nationales Suizidpraventionsprogramm).

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