Restricting Access to Suicide Hotspots Curbs Occurrence

Blocking the means of suicide (eg, installing barriers and safety nets) at suicide hotspots like high bridges and cliffs can reduce the number of deaths at these sites by more than 90%, new research published in The Lancet Psychiatry has found.

For the first time, this large meta-analysis shows that a variety of other suicide prevention approaches currently being used at known hotspots around the world, including encouraging help-seeking (eg, placing signs and crisis telephones) and increasing the likelihood of intervention by a third party (eg, increasing surveillance by using CCTV and suicide patrols), also appear to significantly lower the number of deaths at these locations.

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