Suicide Prevention

Part of the Sustainable Development Goals Programme

Every year, global organisations and communities collaborate to promote worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides. Suicide is the 15th leading cause of death globally, representing 1 person every 40 seconds who is lost to suicide. The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) have set out that by 2030 it wants to “reduce by one third, premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being”, under which reducing the global suicide rate falls (SDG3.4.2).

As a responsible publisher, Springer Nature is firmly committed to supporting the SDGs and as such we see events such as World Suicide Prevention Day as important global initiatives to engage with, in order to help support global communities – researchers, practitioners and anyone who has an interest in suicide prevention – with access to critical research and debates. We hope that the below content will help to raise awareness of research towards understanding, identifying and helping to better support those at risk and be a useful resource for those working within the field of prevention.

Please note – Springer Nature is a publishing company and therefore does not provide direct medical advice. Whilst the research provided below is a useful resource, it should not replace direct consultation with a medical practitioner. Additional information and contact details can be found on the World Suicide Prevention Day homepages here.

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  • 6 Questions with expert Jonathan Singer

    6 Questions with expert Jonathan Singer

    Bringing insight into the research and wider dialogue around suicide prevention. Read his answers now on The Source blog.

  • 6 Questions with expert Maurizio Pompili

    6 Questions with expert Maurizio Pompili

    Providing insight into the research and wider dialogue around suicide prevention. Read his answers now on The Source blog.

  • 6 Questions with expert David Gunnell

    6 Questions with expert David Gunnell

    David Gunnell provides insight into the research and wider dialogue around suicide prevention. Read his answers now on The Source blog.

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    Suicide and History

    Matthew Smith, who co-edits the Palgrave book series, ‘Mental Health in Historical Perspective,' reflects on the many meanings of suicide and how these have changed over time. 

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