Mental health

Public health action for the prevention of suicide

World Health Organization

Publication details

Number of pages: 26
Publication date: 2012
Languages: English
ISBN: 978 92 4 150357 0



The purpose of this document is to provide a resource to assist governments in developing and implementing strategies for the prevention of suicide as well as to help those that have already initiated the process of conceptualizing national suicide prevention strategies.

It draws on the evidence base built in the 15 years since the publication of the UN guidelines to outline the processes involved in developing a national suicide prevention strategy. It also identifies the critical elements of a framework (see Figure 1 in the Annex) for taking public health action to prevent suicide.

Suicide prevention is a collective responsibility, and must be spearheaded by governments and civil society throughout the world.