Year: 1998 Source: New York, NY: Plenum Press, 1998. p.139-142 SIEC No: 19980033

In this presentation, the author first described the epidemiology of suicide in Sri Lanka. The suicide rate is 47.0 per 100,000 population, a figure some believe may be an underrepresentation. 75% of suicides occur in rural areas. The most common method is self-poisoning & the most common motive is disappointment in love. The latter part of the presentation discussed the work of the Sumithrayo Befrienders including their research into outreach & prevention programs in rural areas.