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The Frontiers of Suicide

  • Sheikh ShoibEmail author
  • Yong-Ku Kim
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Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 1192)

Abstract

Suicide is a serious public health problem in many countries and has always been a source of apprehension and quest to human mankind, which can be resolved with due diligence. Suicide is a hidden and silent epidemic, with many causative factors. Studying and researching on various causative factors have always been the subject of significance for the researchers. Psychiatric illnesses happen to be the primary reasons for the majority of suicide mortality cases. Not only this, there has been a consistent increase in the no. of cases of mental disorders as well as attempted and completed suicide cases. If one looks at global scenario, an approximate 70,000 people commit suicide, and further alarming is the fact that the rate of suicide attempt cases has gone up to 250% during last 18 years in conflict zones. Poisoning, hanging and self-immolation are some of the common methods to commit suicide. Physical and mental illness, disturbed emotional relationships and economic difficulties were the major reasons for suicide with the predisposed population being women, student and farmers. As per WHO’s approximation, there is one suicide every minute and an attempted suicide every third second. It implies that the number of killed due to suicide is greater than that of the ones killed due to the armed conflict.

Keywords

Suicide Suicidal ideation Mental illness Risk factors 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of HealthSrinagarIndia
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryCollege of Medicine, Korea UniversitySeoulSouth Korea

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