Year: 2002 Source: Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2002. 496p. SIEC No: 20021091

This book explores the factors that increase a person’s risk of suicide: psychological & biological factors including substance abuse, the link between childhood trauma & later suicide, & the impact of family life, economic status, religion, & other social & cultural conditions. The authors review the effectiveness of existing interventions, including mental health practitioners’ ability to assess suicide risk among patients. They also present lessons learned from a variety of suicide prevention initiatives & identify barriers to effective research & treatment.