Comment on "The psychology of suicidal behaviour" in Lancet Psychiatry

The first issue of The Lancet Psychiatry focuses on suicide research and prevention.

Commenting on "The psychology of suicidal behaviour" by Professor Rory O’Connor, Suicidal Behaviour Research Laboratory, University of Glasgow et al, Joe Ferns, Samaritans’ Executive Director for Policy, Research and Development, said:

“We’re all too aware of the hugely complex nature of suicidal behaviour and this paper provides a thorough introduction into the key psychological theories of why people try to end their lives and the factors that protect against suicide.

“We welcome the suggestion from the authors that an area in need of exploration is the use of the internet and smartphones in the delivery of treatment. Supporting vulnerable people in the online environment and developing our use of technology for our callers are a key focus for Samaritans over the coming years.

“It’s also extremely promising to see the emphasis the paper places on the need for further research in order to understand the psychological characteristics of individuals who engage in suicidal behaviour. We are committed to being at the forefront of new research into suicide and understanding how theory can be turned into practice, as well as to influence policy and develop interventions.”

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The psychology of suicidal behaviour in Lancet Psychiatry