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Suicidal behavior prevention: WHO perspectives on research


  • José Manoel Bertolote,

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    • Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, World Health Organization, 20 avenue Appia, CH-1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland.
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    • Dr. José Manoel Bertolote is a psychiatrist with degrees in social (transcultural) psychiatry and in medical sciences. Currently, he is coordinator of the team on Management of Mental and Brain Disorders at the headquarters of the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, where he is responsible for SUPRE, the WHO Worldwide Initiative for the Prevention of Suicide.

  • Alexandra Fleischmann

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    • Alexandra Fleischmann is a Clinical and Health Psychologist, who defended her doctoral dissertation at the University of Vienna, Austria, in 1997. For the past five years she has been working at the World Health Organization, Geneva, in the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse and has primarily been working on suicide prevention.


Suicide has been identified as a serious public health problem which is receiving increasing attention. Whereas a large number of Member States of the World Health Organization (WHO) reports on suicide mortality, no systematic national data on attempted suicide exist. Having recognized the need for comparable information about attempted suicide across different countries and cultures, WHO's Multisite Intervention Study on Suicidal Behaviors is presented. © 2005 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

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