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Strategies to prevent suicide:how to prevent suicide

Suicide prevention strategies are concerned with:

identifying and reducing availability of and access to the means of suicide;

improving health care services and promoting supportive and rehabilitation functions for persons affected by suicidal behaviour;

improving diagnostic procedures and subsequent treatment;

increasing the awareness of health care staff of their own attitudes and taboos towards suicide prevention and mental illness;

increasing knowledge through public education about mental illness and its recognition at an early stage;

supporting media reporting on suicide and attempted suicide;

promoting research on suicide prevention and encouraging the collection of data on the causes of suicide by avoiding duplication of statistical records.

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