Year: 2006 Source: Cadernos de Saude Publica, v.22, no.8, (August 2006), p.1587-1596 SIEC No: 20060837

This article presents a methodological proposal for studying suicide & suicide attempts in a mining town in the State of Minas Gerais, Brazil. The authors created different strategies to trace the local epidemiological profile, adapted a psychosocial autopsy technique to reveal suicide cases, a psychosocial harm assessment technique to comprehend suicide attempts, & conducted a local analysis of socio-cultural context. The methods proposed proved productive for elucidating the study hypothesis. (45 refs)