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Falling suicide rates in Sri Lanka: lessons and cautions

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Diyanath Samarasinghe

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Among the likely major contributors to the recent decline in suicides in Sri Lanka are a reduction in widespread and ready access to highly lethal agrochemicals, better management of persons admitted to hospitals with self-harm and a decline in sensationalized reporting of suicide in print and electronic media – possibly accompanied by a shift in public attitude away from considering self-harm as a natural and expected reaction to any form of distress.Open-minded and concerned discussion should continue,to ensure that gains are improved upon. Attention needs to be paid to some measures that are gradually being eroded.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/sljpsyc.v4i2.6307

Keywords: Sri Lankasuicide 
DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljpsyc.v4i2.6307
How to Cite: Samarasinghe, D., (2013). Falling suicide rates in Sri Lanka: lessons and cautions. Sri Lanka Journal of Psychiatry. 4(2), pp.1–3. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljpsyc.v4i2.6307
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Published on 28 Dec 2013.
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