Year: 2009 Source: International Journal of Social Psychiatry, v.55, no.5, (September 2009), p.387-400 SIEC No: 20090844

This article describes a qualitative study of student perspectives on suicidal behaviour & its prevention. Focus groups were held with students 17-20 years of age. A discussion of the perceived causes of suicidal behaviour provided the context for discussing prevention efforts. Participants identified pathways to suicidal behaviour & emphasized experiential aspects & the variability of fatal intent. Suggestions for prevention tended to emphasize the strengthening of community-oriented actions in order to better realize lethal means restrictions. (36 refs.)