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Kelly, BD (2018) Are we finally making progress with suicide and self-harm? An overview of the history, epidemiology and evidence for prevention. Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine , 35 , (2) , pp. 95-101.

Ireland’s suicide rate is falling, but suicide and self-harm remain substantial societal problems. It is not possible to predict suicide at the level of the individual but good primary care, good mental health care and good social care all likely reduce risk. In terms of targeted interventions, public health measures, such as paracetamol pack size regulations, have the best evidence base to support them. Despite increased public and professional discussion, much remains to be done to provide effective, coordinated support to those at risk of suicide and those bereaved. In 2016, there were up to 300 different groups providing support.

Clearly, a coordinated, effective and compassionate approach is needed, linking community and state resources meaningfully with each other. Approaches rooted outside of core mental health services will be vital: addressing alcohol problems and other addictions, reducing homelessness, reforming the criminal justice system and improving social care.


Item Type:Article
Date:June 2018
Page Range:pp. 95-101
Publisher:Cambridge
Volume:35
Number:2
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Subjects:F Concepts in psychology > Specific attitude and behaviour > self-destructive behaviour > suicidal behaviour / suicide
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health related prevention > Health information and education > Suicide prevention
N Communication, information and education > Information transfer > Information transfer from research to practice
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland

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