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Suicidal Behaviour: Assessment of People provides a psychometric analysis of various aspects associated with suicidal risk assessment to understand the suicidal personality and predict suicidal behavior. It includes articles by experts in the field covering suicide research carried out globally. The discussion begins with a contextualization of the psychological factors implicated in the aetiology of suicidal behavior with the help of a biopsychosocial model and is followed by an empirical analysis. The theoretical issues are then examined from various perspectives. Some articles also focus on people-at-risk, including individuals suffering from substance abuse and bipolar disorders, security personnel, adolescents, etc.

Substance Use and Suicidal Behaviour
Substance use and suicidal behaviour
NishiMisra, AmriSabharwal and UpdeshKumar

With suicide accounting for over 1 million deaths worldwide every year, suicidal behaviour is a pressing global health and social concern (WHO, 2001). Such behaviour commonly occurs as a result of interactions between multiple predisposing factors and current environmental factors that influence its development. These may be neurobiological, genetic, medical, psychological, social, economic or cultural (Beautrais et al., 1996; Norstrom et al., 1995).

Particularly influential in suicidal behaviour is the presence of psychiatric disorders. The majority of individuals who commit suicide have a diagnosable mental disorder and, indeed, suicidal behaviour is more frequent among psychiatric patients (Henriksson et al., 1993; Mann, 2002). In their meta-analysis of 3,275 suicides across the world, Arsenault-Lapierre, Kim and ...

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