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Suicidal behavior in the Western Pacific region: characteristics and trends

journal contribution
posted on 2009-02-01, 00:00 authored by D De Leo, Allison Milner, W Xiangdong
Current knowledge of suicidal behavior in the Western Pacific region is relatively limited when compared to other areas of the world. This area is characterized by a wide diversity of social, economic, and cultural aspects that do not permit any homogenous reading of suicide phenomena. Data from countries of the region included in this article suggest the existence of important differences among nations in terms of gender, age, and methods of suicide, as well role of mental illness. In addition, the Western Pacific region appears to be affected by higher rates of suicide than other areas in the world, with signs of progressive worsening in recent years and worrying predictions for the next two decades. The Suicide Trends in At-Risk Territories (START) Study, initiated by the World Health Organization Regional Office in Manila, seeks to research the incidence of both fatal and nonfatal suicidal behavior in countries of the region and to implement interventions for suicide attempters. This ambitious project is expected to standardize data collection procedures and improve the knowledge cultural factors in suicide.

History

Journal

Suicide and life-threatening behavior

Volume

39

Issue

1

Pagination

72 - 81

Publisher

Wiley

Location

Hoboken, N.J.

ISSN

0363-0234

eISSN

1943-278X

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2009, American Association of Suicidology