Suicide Prevention in Primary Care: The Opportunity for Intervention

Faraz Mughal, Hayley C. Gorton, Maria Michail, Jo Robinson, Pooja Saini

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Suicide is a leading cause of death internationally, and self-harm significantly increases the risk of suicide (Hawton et al., 2015; World Health Organization, 2014). To tackle this global health crisis a multisystem, inter-faceted, joined-up approach across health and social care, education, judicial, financial, and voluntary sectors is needed. Within this, the health setting of primary care holds unlocked potential for suicide prevention (Michail et al., 2020). In this editorial, we outline the importance of focusing on primary care for suicide prevention and introduce a new special interest group for the International Association for Suicide Prevention.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-246
Number of pages6
Issue number4
Early online date29 Jun 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information: This article received no funding. FM is funded by a NIHR Doctoral Fellowship (NIHR300957). PS is chief investigator of the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit funded COPESS study (NIHR200543). The views in this paper are those of the authors, and not necessarily those of the NHS, NIHR, or Departmentof Health and Social Care. JR is supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council Career Development Fellowship (1142348). Copyright: Copyright 2021 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.


  • suicide
  • self-harm
  • primary care


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