Suicide and mental disorders: A discourse of politics, power, and vested interests
Journal article, Peer reviewed
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Original versionDeath Studies. 2017, 41 (8), 481-492. 10.1080/07481187.2017.1332905
One of the most well-established truths in suicidology is that mental disorders play a significant role in at least 90% of suicides, and a causal relationship between the two is often implied. In this article, the authors argue that the evidence base for this truth is weak and that there is much research questioning the 90% statistic. Based on numerous examples, they also argue that ideology, politics, power, and vested interests among influential professionals in the field obstruct argument-based discussion of this issue. The authors also discuss unfortunate consequences of the constant reiteration of the 90% statistic.