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Strategies in suicide prevention 

Strategies in suicide prevention
Strategies in suicide prevention

Tony Durkee

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date: 27 January 2022

Strategies in suicide prevention have developed throughout the years, and progressed into conceptual models that are defined by a set of restrictive definitions. In this chapter, classifications of two suicide preventive strategic models, namely the Primary/ Secondary/Tertiary (PST) and Universal/Selective/Indicated (USI) are described, as well as a pragmatic suggestion for health care and public health-oriented strategies in suicide prevention. Health care-oriented strategies use the individual-centred approach with the focus on the treatment of patients. Public health strategies in prevention of suicide are directed toward groups and whole populations.

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