Berman, Alan L. (Lanny) American Association of Suicidology, Washington, DC.
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- Nonfatal suicide attempts
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- Methods of suicide
- Linking demographics and risk data to prevention
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A death that is self-inflicted and carried out with intent to die; also, one who completes such an act. Suicide is a serious epidemiological public health problem that devastates individuals, families, and communities throughout the world. There are many risk factors for suicide and suicidal behaviors, as well as a variety of methods of suicide (Fig. 1). Understanding of both the methods and risk factors involved can help inform models for suicide prevention. See also: Affective disorders; Psychology; Psychotherapy; Public health
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