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Suicide is a leading cause of death globally and the rate of suicide is rising in the Americas more than any other region of the world. Suicide prevention legislation and policies are often proposed as a way reduce (or even eliminate) suicide. What are the basic scientific facts about suicide? What forms of prevention are the most effective? What are the ethical limits of suicide prevention efforts?

This year at the annual UNC Philosophy and Psychiatry Conference, speakers took a deep dive into the science, ethics and policy dimensions of suicide prevention. The conference featured fantastic talks about the new UNC Suicide Prevention Institute and the epidemiology of suicide from Patrick Sullivan, Amy Johnson presenting the approach to suicide prevention at work at UNC, Michael Cholbi speaking to a new and interesting framework for evaluating different types of suicide prevention efforts, as well as Marie Nicolini and Brent Kious discussing the connection of mental health to suicide.

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