Suicide prevention in Nepal: a comparison to Australia – a personal view
Source: Mental Health in Family Medicine, Volume 5, Number 3, September 2008 , pp. 177-182(6)
Publisher: Radcliffe Publishing Ltd.
Abstract:Suicide is a crisis of unknown proportions in much of the developing world. The majority of research into suicide has been done in high-resource countries such as Australia, and most intervention protocols have been drawn up using Western models. There appear to be a number of differences in the aetiology, presentation and treatment options for mental health problems between high-resource and low-resource countries. This review compares suicide in a high-resource country, Australia, and low-resource country, Nepal.
Many low-resource countries such as Nepal struggle to address barriers to mental health care due to limited mental health resources and issues such as stigma, workforce and mental health literacy. Issues relating to suicide prevention are raised, contrasting a low-resource country, Nepal, with a high-resource country, Australia.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Health in Human Diversity Unit, Discipline of General Practice, University of Adelaide, Australia; Visiting Faculty, BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal 2: Department of Psychiatry, BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal
Publication date: September 2008