Modes of Attempting, Preventing and Managing Self Harm and Suicide in Context of Pakistan

Sarmad Muhammad Soomar*, Shumaila Khadim Ali**, Anmol Minaz***
* Department of Psychiatry, Aga Khan University Karachi, Pakistan.
** Aga Khan University School of Nursing & Midwifery Karachi, Pakistan.
*** Aga Khan Hospital Karachi, Pakistan.
Periodicity:August - October'2019


Suicide has now become a global concern. It could be commonly a self-harm attempt or completed suicide as well. It is increasing day by day at an alarming rate. Researches have been undertaken very seriously around the globe to identify the common modes of suicide among people who attempt it. Also, connection with various factors such as the demographics of gender and age group is very necessary to identify. This will connect with the common reasons why people make suicide attempts. Immediate interventions are identified to save people from this sort of fatal and harming behavior. The thoughts and feelings of being worthless bring people towards suicide mostly. Acute conditions like failure in exams and relationship issues can also lead to thoughts of suicide. This usually emerges when people are unable to overcome or cope with ongoing challenges in life or any particular incidences. These challenges could be marital issues, mental health problems, academic issues, unemployment, or when people fail to achieve their goals. When people find it difficult to face all of the hurdles and unable to achieve what they actually want, then suicide or self-harm become one option for them to either kill or hurt themselves. Healthcare providers have an active role to understand what modes of suicide are commonly used or approached so that they can strengthen their learning and practice, both in terms of preventing and managing suicide. Healthcare providers, especially nurses, play roles of advocate and educator to bring families, friends, and other caregivers into close loop so that these incidences can be managed and prevented at home and outside hospitals as well.


Suicide, Self-Harm, Management, Prevention, Mental health.

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Soomar, S. M., Ali, S. K., and Minaz, A. (2019). Modes of Attempting, Preventing and Managing Self Harm and Suicide in Context of Pakistan. i-manager's Journal on Nursing, 9(3), 1-7.


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