Title

Suicide and deliberate self-harm in Afghanistan

Document Type

Article

Department

Psychiatry

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Suicide and deliberate self-harm (DSH) are major public health problems globally. There is limited information on suicide and DSH from Afghanistan.

AIMS:

To review available literature on suicide and DSH in Afghanistan.

METHODS:

Using online resources and literature on suicidal behavior (suicide, DSH and suicidal ideation) was searched.

RESULTS:

There were only seven published studies identified on suicidal behavior in Afghanistan. Six of these have been published since 2003 and majority has focused on suicidal behavior in women.

CONCLUSIONS:

Both DSH and suicide are underreported and understudied subjects in Afghanistan. There is need for more research in this area.

Publication

Asian Journal of Psychiatry

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