Suicide in the Philippines: time trend analysis (1974-2005) and literature review

May Antonnette Lebanan-Dalida, David Gunnell, M Redaniel

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Suicide prevention is given a low priority in many Western Pacific countries due to competing health problems, stigma and poor understanding of its incidence and aetiology. Little is known about the epidemiology of suicide and suicidal behaviour in the Philippines and although its incidence is reported to be low, there is likely to be under-reporting because of its non-acceptance by the Catholic Church and the associated stigma to the family. This study aims to investigate trends in the incidence of suicide in the Philippines, assess possible underreporting and provide information on the methods used and the reasons for suicide.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)536
JournalBMC Public Health
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2011


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