Evaluation of suicide prevention activities

7.3 The evidence base for suicide prevention

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The evidence base for effective suicide prevention activities is small but growing. Despite these limitations, the literature provides information (primarily based on evidence from systematic reviews of suicide prevention interventions) on what works, or what is likely to work.49,50,51,52,53

The remaining sections in this chapter consider the extent to which the suicide prevention activities funded through the NSPP are aligned with the evidence base, as articulated through the peer review literature.

49 A Beautrais, D Fergusson, C Coggan et al, 'Effective Strategies for Suicide Prevention in New Zealand: A Review of the Literature', The New Zealand Medical Journal, vol 120, no 1251, 2007.
50 van der Feltz-Cornelis et al, 'Best Practice Elements of Multilevel Suicide Prevention Strategies'.
51 Mann et al, 'Suicide Prevention Strategies'.
52 Nordentoft, 'Crucial Elements in Suicide Prevention Strategies'.
53 DoHA, LIFE: Research and Evidence in Suicide Prevention.