Mental health

Suicide and suicide prevention in Asia

World Health Organization

Publication details

Editors: Herbert Hendin; Michael R. Phillips; Lakshmi Vijayakumar; Jane Pirkis; Hong Wang; Paul Yip; Danuta Wasserman; José M. Bertolote; Alexandra Fleischmann
Number of pages: 118
Publication date: 2008
Languages: English
ISBN: 978 92 41596893



More than half of the suicides that occur globally every year come from the South-East Asia and Western Pacific regions. Suicide is among the leading causes of death and, among young people, the leading cause of death in many Asian countries.

The present publication makes a case for enhancing the commitment to the prevention of suicide and for implementing effective strategies to reduce the burden, both in terms of mortality and morbidity related to suicidal behaviours.