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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 208-214

The Process of Evolving a National Plan in Suicide Prevention in a Context of Political Violence

1 Head of the Mental Health Unit within the Palestinian Ministry of Health; Psychiatrist, Ibn Rushd, Shu’fat, East Jerusalem
2 Clinical Psychotherapist, Gender and Mental Health Consultant, Vienna, Austria

Correspondence Address:
MD Samah Jabr
Head of the Mental Health Unit within the Palestinian Ministry of Health; Psychiatrist, P.O. Box 25195, Shu’fat
East Jerusalem
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/INTV.INTV_55_20

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This article reports on suicide and suicidal behaviour in Palestine and sets this in the context of political violence related to the Israeli occupation. Accurate data about suicide and attempted suicide are limited and as such a range of studies including those concerned with the wider Middle East and North Africa region are used here to describe the context for suicide. The article indicates some of the individual and societal risk factors associated with suicide in Palestine and reflects on the role of Islam and religious leaders in tackling the stigma associated with suicide. It describes current mental health services for those who may attempt to take their own life and then outlines the steps that the Ministry of Health is taking to develop a national plan in suicide prevention.

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