Year: 2010 Source: International Journal of Mental Health Systems, v.4, article no.3, (2010), p.1-6 SIEC No: 20100319

This study examined the incidence of suicide attempts in a rural area of Vietnam, the methods used, & the use of health care services, including mental health care, after an attempt. All 104 suicide attempters during 2003-2007 were interviewed by trained medical staff. The yearly incidence was 10.2 per 100,000 person-years. 99% of people attempted suicide by poisoning. Among those who reported some treatment received, 47.5% had been in contact with official health services, 8.1% had pharmacy keepers’ consultation, or were treated by traditional healers, & 4% reported self-treatment. Suicide prevention should focus on reducing access to means & making mental health services more accessible in rural areas. (28 refs.)