Year: 2004 Source: Brussels: Mental Health Europe, (2004). 32p. SIEC No: 20050640

This document discusses the creation of effective suicide prevention strategies, at national, regional, & local levels. The epidemiology of suicide is discussed with reference to genetic, psychosocial, & economic variables. General principles & information regarding strategic approaches to setting up a strategy are provided. Suggestions of various stakeholders to be involved in the implementing process, as well as ideas for creating a positive prerequisite for implementation are proposed. The importance of a coordinating body gathering stakeholders from various sectors & with different expertise is highlighted, with examples from various European countries. (40 refs)