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10.09.2012

Federal District launches program to prevent suicide deaths

DF is the first federal unit in the country to develop a public policy for the prevention of suicide

Foto: Wilson Dias/ABr
On World Suicide Prevention, a health worker in the Federal District participates in the demonstration for the release prevention program
On World Suicide Prevention, a health worker in the Federal District participates in the demonstration for the release prevention program

Identify people in vulnerable situations and prevent deaths by suicide through an interconnected network within the Unified Health System (SUS). This is the goal of the Suicide Prevention Program, launched today (10) by the Health Department of the Federal District, on the occasion of World Suicide Prevention.

To encourage public policies for the prevention of suicide worldwide, the World Health Organization in document demanded more actions on the issue.

According to the coordinator of the Suicide Prevention Mental Health Board, Beatriz Montenegro, the DF is the first federal unit to develop a public policy for the prevention of suicide. There the National Guidelines for Suicide Prevention, launched by the Ministry of Health in 2006, which predicted that the federal units develop policies explained.

She said the policy proposed by the Department of Health must be based on an intersectoral action of various levels of complexity of the public health system. We need a policy that raises awareness that empower professionals and to articulate this network in order to offer to the person who is in a vulnerable situation comprehensive care and properly completed.

Data Services Mobile Emergency Care (Samu) indicate that the DF records an average of 20 cases of attempted suicide per month, with up to two consummated. For nearly a year, the agency also has two psychologists who work in cases where the person tries to take his own life.

When Central 192 identifies a suicide attempt, a team of nurses and nursing technicians see the clinical part and if the patient needs to be referred to hospital. After that, enter the psychology team. We go to the site and do an intervention with the patient and family, trying to raise awareness of treatment and monitoring network, said Elaine Medina, psychologist Samu.

She warned that it is a myth that anyone who attempts suicide wants attention or to kill whoever does not warn anyone. According to the expert, the threat of suicide should always be taken seriously. Samu data also show that at least two-thirds of people who commit suicide had communicated an intention, somehow, to friends and family.

Who attempts suicide or end up with a psychic pain, a difficult time she is going through. And who tries once, if there is a job or support, will try again until he concluded Elaine.

Source: AGÊNCIA BRASIL