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Book announcement from the WPA Section on Preventive Psychiatry - Suicide Prevention (A Handbook for Community Gate Keepers)

Group photo at book release on 28 April 2009Roy Abraham Kallivayalil
President-Elect, Indian Association for Social Psychiatry
Co-chair, WPA Section on Preventive Psychiatry

A book, Suicide Prevention (A Handbook for Community Gate Keepers) edited by Prof. Roy Abraham Kallivayalil (Co-chair, WPA Section on Preventive Psychiatry) and Varghese P. Punnoose was released on 28 April 2009 by Hon'ble Justice K. Narayana Kurup (Former Acting Chief Justice, Madras High Court, India) at a colourful function held at Kottayam, India.

This is the first book being brought out for use by Community Gate Keepers, emphasising their role in suicide prevention. It has been published by National Alliance for Mental Health, India.

The book has the following chapters:

  1. Editorial - Roy Abraham Kallivayalil and Varghese P. Punnoose
  2. Whence Suicide - Julio Arboleda-Florez (Ontario, Canada)
  3. Random Thoughts on Suicide - Krishna Murthy K (Mangalore)
  4. On Suicide and Suicide Prevention – Venkoba Rao A. (Madurai)
  5. Social Change, Mental Health and Suicides - Srinivasa Murthy R. (Bangalore)
  6. Causes of Suicide Behaviour - Saji PG. (Kottayam)
  7. Are risk factors for Suicide same across the world? - Mohan Isaac (UWA-Perth)
  8. Suicide Risk Assessment and Prevention Strategies - Abraham TO (New York)
  9. Suicide Study: A Methodological Profile - Rajan Gurukkal PM. (Vice-Chancellor, Kottayam)
  10. Alcoholism and Suicide - Mili Babu, Roy Kallivayalil and Varghese Punnoose
  11. Adolescent Mental Health and Suicide - Varghese P. Punnoose
  12. Suicide in Adolescents-From risks to prevention - Rekha Mathew and Roy Kallivayalil
  13. Behaviour Problems and Suicides in Women – V. Sathesh
  14. Suicide in Women-Special Issues - Prabhavathy KS. and Roy Kallivayalil
  15. Suicide Prevention in Elderly- Varma S. and Trivedi JK( Lucknow)
  16. Suicide Prevention and Nursing - Usha VK. (Kottayam)
  17. Suicide Behaviour in Hospital Settings - Rakesh Chadda (New Delhi)
  18. Suicide Prevention Clinics - Nisha A., Varsha Vidyadharan, Roy Kallivayalil and Varghese Punnoose
  19. Suicide Prevention-Role of Non-Governmental Organizations - Tomy Mathew (Kottayam)
  20. Religion and Suicide Prevention - George Varghese Rev Dr. (Kottayam)
  21. Socio-cultural Scenario and Spiritual Facet of Suicide - Antony Chundelikkat (Kottayam)
  22. Ethical and Legal Issues of Suicide in India – Nambi S. ( Chennai)
  23. Mental Health and Suicide: Social and Legal Perspectives- Alex George Adv (Kottayam)
  24. Suicide Prevention Strategies for India - Roy Abraham Kallivayalil
  25. KRISIS-An Overview - Kumar KA. (Trivandrum )
  26. Overview of a Community-based Suicide Prevention Programme- Praveenlal Kuttichira
  27. Reporting Suicide - Mathews Varghese (Malayala Manorama )
  28. Suicide Reporting: Guidelines for the Media - Roy Kallivayalil and Padmanabhan N.


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