The challenge of suicide prevention

Ruth Y Lim
Med J Aust 2013; 198 (9): . || doi: 10.5694/mja12.10766
Published online: 20 May 2013

Alarge military truck slowly rolls up to the small emergency unit in Mullaitivu, a remote town on the north-eastern coast of Sri Lanka. In the back of the truck are two bodies. A young man and woman still entwined. Tied to each other with muddied strips of saree cotton, once vibrant and colourful. A double suicide pact outlined in a simple letter in the hands of the farmer who stumbled across their bodies in a jungle clearing. An illegal marriage across castes, an unborn child, chronic pain from shelling injuries sustained over decades of civil war. Deaths of loved ones, dire job prospects and the vision of life ahead lived in abject poverty have proved too much for the young couple.

  • Ruth Y Lim

  • Department of Medicine, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.



remove_circle_outline Delete Author
add_circle_outline Add Author

Do you have any competing interests to declare? *

I/we agree to assign copyright to the Medical Journal of Australia and agree to the Conditions of publication *
I/we agree to the Terms of use of the Medical Journal of Australia *
Email me when people comment on this article

Online responses are no longer available. Please refer to our instructions for authors page for more information.