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Suicidal thoughts, suicide plans and attempts in the general population on different continents 

Suicidal thoughts, suicide plans and attempts in the general population on different continents
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Suicidal thoughts, suicide plans and attempts in the general population on different continents
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José M Bertolote

, Alexandra Fleischmann

, Diego De Leo

, and Danuta Wasserman

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198570059.003.0015
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date: 25 August 2019

The concept of a suicidal process where the suicidal act is preceded by a plan, and that plan is preceded by suicidal thoughts or ideation, does not necessarily imply that every suicidal thought will end in a suicidal act. This chapter explores the relationship between different components of the suicidal spectrum by examining different studies and the World Health Organization (WHO) Multisite Intervention Study on Suicidal Behaviours (SUPRE-MISS) in particular. In the case of suicidal ideation, the outlook with regard to its importance, and its validity as a predictor of other types of suicidal behaviour is uncertain. In addition, the strong cultural underpinning behind the whole spectrum of suicidal behaviours must be emphasized.

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