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The role of the state and legislation in suicide prevention: The five continents perspective 

The role of the state and legislation in suicide prevention: The five continents perspective
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The role of the state and legislation in suicide prevention: The five continents perspective
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Martin Anderson

and Rachel Jenkins

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198570059.003.0051
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date: 22 August 2019

This chapter explores the way in which current states intervene in suicide prevention. The broader context for the development of national policy will be discussed including guidance from the WHO and the United Nations. At the centre of this is the recognition of suicide as a global phenomenon and the need to ensure that countries do all they can to reduce suicide rates and help those bereaved by suicide. We examine how nations have been asked to consider suicide prevention in national public health policy and look at the common areas for state intervention. The chapter draws upon information from the five continents perspective and emphasizes the similarities, differences and areas in which state work is needed.

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