J Korean Med Assoc.  2019 Feb;62(2):102-106. 10.5124/jkma.2019.62.2.102.

Medical policy for suicide prevention

  • 1National Center for Mental Health, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Department of Psychiatry, Kangwon National University School of Medicine, Chuncheon, Korea. lugar@kangwon.ac.kr


Suicide is a serious problem worldwide, especially in Korea, but the factors affecting suicide are complex and diverse. Therefore, a medical policy should be developed to help establish an effective national suicide prevention policy in Korea. To reduce suicide rates effectively, some of the current suicide prevention policies need to be improved. This study proposes the following steps to do so: 1) standardizing the suicide attempt management system, 2) strengthening effective counseling programs in the psychiatric field, and 3) strengthening early psychiatric interventions in patients with a physical illness. These improvements should be considered high-priority measures for ensuring successful suicide prevention at the national level.


Medical policy; Suicide; Suicide prevention
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