Psychologist

Suicide, Prevention and Assessment


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3 CE credit hours training
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$15.00
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Robert A. Yourell
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Introduction

An Epidemic

The most conservative, and certainly inaccurately low, estimation of suicides around the globe is one million annually. This equates to an annual worldwide suicide rate of 14.5 per 100,000, with attempts of at least 260 per 100,000. In the United States, suicide is the eighth leading cause of death overall, amounting to 30,000 deaths annually. It is the third leading cause of death for young persons aged 15-24. (Tondo and Baldessarini, 2001) On average, six or seven people are directly and profoundly affected by each suicide. Roughly half of suicides are by firearm. Suicide is one of the greatest causes of malpractice liability among psychiatrists.

Historical Context

Early historical accounts indicate that suicide was understood as a response to intolerable circumstances, but has long been viewed as a crime against God and society, and punished with damnation as well as legal actions. Records from ancient Rome


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