Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention

by Robert D. Goldney
     
 

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Suicide claims approximately one million lives worldwide each year, but it is increasingly recognized that there are ways in which some of this loss of life can be prevented. Part of the Oxford Psychiatry Library, the second edition of Suicide Prevention places suicide in an historical and contemporaneous context, noting how interpretations of its causes and

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Suicide claims approximately one million lives worldwide each year, but it is increasingly recognized that there are ways in which some of this loss of life can be prevented. Part of the Oxford Psychiatry Library, the second edition of Suicide Prevention places suicide in an historical and contemporaneous context, noting how interpretations of its causes and prevention have changed over the years. This comprehensive but concise pocketbook provides healthcare professionals with an appreciation of the subtle relationship between illness and biological factors, and their interaction with society. The text covers the methodological challenges of demonstrating the effectiveness of intervention due to the low base rate of suicide, and summarizes the latest innovative research, giving practitioners a firm knowledge base in a range of management options which can confidently be utilised for those who are suicidal. Suicide Prevention focuses both on the individual, where specific non-pharmacological as well as medication treatments can be utilised, and on the broader community approaches which can be pursued, ensuring that this practical text is relevant to a broad range of professionals working in the field of suicide prevention.

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Reviewer: Valerie E Mathis-Allen, MD (Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services)
Description: This book covers the frequently discussed and often misunderstood topic of suicide prevention. It presents an interpretation of the best available research underlying a rational and reasonable approach to suicide prevention. The previous edition was published in 2008.
Purpose: The purpose, according to the author, is to integrate the best available research into a practical and pragmatic approach to suicide prevention.
Audience: The book is written for professionals interested in suicide prevention.
Features: Professor Robert Goldney writes a comprehensive but concise book on suicide that covers the history, definitions, epidemiology, contributing factors, initial assessment, evidence-based management with nonpharmacological and pharmacological approaches, prevention initiatives, and bereavement after suicide, and provides useful links. The unique structural elements are the key points at the beginning of each chapter, the well defined and numbered brief sections throughout each chapter, the page and chapter number with the chapter title on the side of each page, and the list of references at the end of each chapter. The discussion of the supportive research that demonstrates suicide is preventable is the best aspect of the book. The lack of color and the underuse of illustrations are minor shortcomings. A list of useful national and international suicide links appears at the end of the book.
Assessment: The areas that this book covers particularly well are the initial assessment and management, nonpharmacological and pharmacological approaches, broad suicide prevention initiatives, and frequently asked questions. This is a high quality book that will be useful in understanding suicide prevention.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199677580
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/10/2013
Pages:
120
Sales rank:
788,562
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.30(d)

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Meet the Author

Robert Goldney qualified in medicine in Adelaide in 1967, and as a psychiatrist in 1973. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, and of the Royal College of Psychiatrists of the United Kingdom. He has worked in academic, public hospital and private practice settings, and at present he is Professor and Head of the Discipline of Psychiatry at the University of Adelaide, based at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. His main research interest is in the prevention of suicidal behaviour, by focussing on the detection and optimum clinical management of psychiatric illness, particularly depression. He is a recipient of the Stengel Research Award (1987) of the International Association for Suicide Prevention, an award for outstanding contributions to suicide prevention by Suicide Prevention Australia (2000), and the Louis Dublin award of the American Association for Suicidology for lifetime achievement in suicide research (2007).

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