BMC Public Health is calling for submissions to our Collection on suicide prevention.
The World Health Organization estimates that almost 800,000 people die from suicide every year which equates to approximately one person every 40 seconds. This makes it one of the leading causes of death globally. Although not all suicide attempts result in death, these individuals may still experience serious injuries that can have long-term effects on their health. They may also experience depression and other mental health concerns.
Suicide is largely preventable and prevention strategies should involve comprehensive public health approaches which can decrease risk by addressing factors such as substance abuse, poor quality family relationships, inequalities in access to services and lack of social connectedness.
BMC Public Health has launched this collection on suicide prevention which is particularly interested in research in low- and middle-income countries and other resource constrained settings where as many as 77% of suicides occur. We call for research addressing any of the following:
- Access and delivery of suicide care, particularly in diverse cultural contexts and resource constrained settings
- Creating protective environments through community-based policies and practices
- Promotion of healthy societal connections
- Support of individuals and communities bereaved or impacted by suicide
- Support of at risk individuals or people who have attempted suicide
- Social, cultural, political and contextual factors that shape suicidal behavior
- Suicide in marginalized communities or other populations historically excluded from suicide research
- Novel and promising interventions that show potential to increase the reach of suicide prevention strategies
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