Suicide and Self-directed Violence

Diego De Leo, Karolina Krysinska

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Suicide is serious public health problem worldwide, with approximately one million people dying by suicide each year. This article presents the epidemiology of fatal and non-fatal suicidal behavior and ideation, and an overview of risk factors, including demographic factors, psychopathology, life events and coping styles, psychological, neurobiological and socio-cultural factors. Protective factors for suicide are discussed, as well as suicide prevention strategies, support available for the bereaved after suicide, and the evidence regarding the effectiveness of treatment for individuals at risk of suicide.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Public Health
EditorsStella R. Quah
Place of PublicationAmsterdam Netherlands
PublisherAcademic Press
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780128037089
ISBN (Print)9780128036785
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Epidemiology
  • Gender
  • Mortality
  • Postvention
  • Prevention
  • Protective factor
  • Psychopathology
  • Risk factor
  • Suicide
  • Suicide attempt
  • Suicide ideation
  • Treatment
  • Suicide and self-directed violence

    De Leo, D. & Krysinska, K., 1 Dec 2008, International Encyclopedia of Public Health. Heggenhougen, H. K. (ed.). 1st ed. Amsterdam Netherlands: Academic Press, p. 267-275 9 p.

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