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The World Psychiatric Association Section of Suicidology 

The World Psychiatric Association Section of Suicidology
The World Psychiatric Association Section of Suicidology

Marco Sarchiapone

, Jean-Pierre Soubrier

, and Danuta Wasserman

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date: 23 May 2022

The World Psychiatric Association (WPA) Section on Suicidology was established on the eve of the third millennium, and has a quite recent history compared to other Sections. The path of suicidology is transdisciplinary, rather than having a definite location: its study was, at first, the object of philosophy, then of literature, theology, social sciences, only in the last two centuries has it acquired a medical character, specifically in psychiatry. Also in the psychiatric area, suicidology settled in a ‘trans’ fashion, namely acquiring a ‘trans-nosographical’ characterization, cutting across several psychiatric diagnoses. Possibly for this reason, a Section on suicidology within the World Psychiatric Association was necessary, serving as a vessel for a fluid entity as the study of suicidal behaviours.

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