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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 57  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 233-238

Suicide in women


Voluntary Health Services, Sneha - Suicide Prevention Centre, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
Lakshmi Vijayakumar
25, Ranjith Road, Kotturpuram, Chennai - 600 085, Tamil Nadu
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: The author is Founder Trustee of SNEHA, an NGO working in suicide prevention in Chennai. Her work as a trustee is honorary and she does not receive any remuneration from the NGO.


DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.161484

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Suicide is a global public health problem. Asia accounts for 60% of the world's suicides, so at least 60 million people are affected by suicide or attempted suicide in Asia each year. The burden of female suicidal behavior, in terms of total burden of morbidity and mortality combined, is more in women than in men. Women's greater vulnerability to suicidal behavior is likely to be due to gender related vulnerability to psychopathology and to psychosocial stressors. Suicide prevention programmes should incorporate woman specific strategies. More research on suicidal behavior in women particularly in developing countries is needed.



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