Problematic advice from suicide prevention experts

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Hjelmeland, H., Jaworski, K., Knizek, B. and Marsh, I. 2019. Problematic advice from suicide prevention experts. Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry. 20 (2), pp. 79-85. https://doi.org/10.1891/1559-4343.20.2.79
AuthorsHjelmeland, H., Jaworski, K., Knizek, B. and Marsh, I.
Abstract

Based on a 10-year systematic review of suicide prevention strategies, 29 suicide prevention experts from 17 European countries recommend four allegedly evidence-based strategies to be included in national suicide prevention programs. One of the recommended strategies is pharmacological treatment of depression. This recommendation is deeply problematic for several reasons.

First, it is based on a biased selection and interpretation of available evidence.

Second, the authors have failed to take into consideration the widespread corruption in the research on antidepressants.

Third, the many and serious side effects of antidepressants are not considered.

Thus, the recommendation may have deleterious consequences for countless numbers of people, and, in fact, contribute to an increase in the suicide rate rather than a decrease.

KeywordsSuicide; antidepressants; bias; side effects; suicide prevention
Year2019
JournalEthical Human Psychology and Psychiatry
Journal citation20 (2), pp. 79-85
PublisherSpringer
ISSN1559-4343
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1891/1559-4343.20.2.79
Publication dates
Print06 Mar 2019
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Deposited07 Mar 2019
Accepted08 Oct 2018
Accepted author manuscript
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