Countries with more psychiatrists and mental health beds have higher suicide rates, according to a study in the International Journal of Law and Psychiatry. Researchers from Denmark and India drew data from the World Health Organization, the United Nations Statistics Division and the CIA World Fact Book to compare suicide rates in 191 countries. The authors write that “although these associations should be interpreted with caution, as the issues are complex, we suggest that population-based public health strategies may have greater impact on national suicide rates than curative mental health services for individuals.”
Rajkumar, A., Brinda, E., Duba, A., Thangadurai, P., Jacob, K.; National suicide rates and mental health system indicators: An ecological study of 191 countries. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry. September–December 2013, 36(5–6) 339–342.
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