The human toll of suicidal behaviour is massive, with up to a million deaths a year by suicide worldwide. A new handbook aims to make a significant contribution to the understanding of suicide and attempted suicide by presenting the findings of the world’s leading experts on suicide prevention.
The International Handbook of Suicide Prevention brings together, in one volume, the most innovative and up-to-date overview of suicide prevention research, policy and practice from across the globe. It is set to become the seminal handbook for the subject.
The Handbook is co-edited by Professor Rory O’Connor of the University of Stirling, Professor Stephen Platt of the University of Edinburgh, and Jacki Gordon of Jacki Gordon + Associates, Glasgow.
Professor O’Connor said: “If we are to meet the challenge of reducing suicide globally, we need to understand who kills themselves and why. We also need to find out what works in suicide prevention and what treatments are effective for people who are at risk.
“Suicide is a major public health concern across the world and any national or international suicide prevention strategy, to be effective, must be able to engage those who have attempted suicide. In this Handbook, we try to understand why people attempt suicide and what can be done to make death by suicide less likely.
“Only through learning and working together internationally will we rise to the challenge of reducing the tragic phenomenon of suicidal behaviour in every country. That is why we have compiled the latest thinking on the science of suicide prevention from 80 experts from around the world, who describe the fundamental principles of good clinical practice and policy as well as new theoretical models to help us better understand suicide.
“The Handbook is aimed at anyone with an interest in suicide prevention, not just professional researchers, clinicians, policy planners and students but also survivors who may be trying to understand what happened to their loved one.”