It is only in the past 15 years that suicide has been acknowledged as a potentially preventable public health concern, requiring broad national policies. Of course, much has been known about suicide for centuries, and this historical context is well described in Suicide prevention, Robert Goldney’s concise, well written overview. Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Adelaide, and an internationally acclaimed suicidologist and past president of the International Association for Suicide Prevention, his inexpensive pocketbook is very topical, given the current climate of global economic downturn.
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