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The Veil of Silence: Human Rights and Suicide 

The Veil of Silence: Human Rights and Suicide
The Veil of Silence: Human Rights and Suicide

Lakshmi Viijayakumar

and Lillian Craig Harris

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date: 19 September 2021

In their commentary, Lakshmi Vijayakumar and Lillian Craig Harris discuss the size of the problem of suicide, its underreporting, the stigma of suicide, and ambivalence towards it. They note areas of particular vulnerability and concern, including refugees, prisoners, arranged marriages and ‘love failure’, the frequency of suicide pacts especially in the developing world, domestic violence, and child sexual abuse. The authors speak about the need for social change, the need for services, and an increasing role for the voices of suicide attempt survivors and families of those who have died, in advocating for new legal and educational remedies to enhance suicide prevention. They emphasize that suicide prevention is everyone’s business.

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