SIPs study is founded on the recognition that suicide is a significant public health problem- that is preventable. Annually, close to 800,000 persons die by suicide with 79% of these deaths occurring in low- and middle- income countries. SIPs study acknowledges that understanding the burden and risk factors related to suicidal behaviour both at health care and community level is crucial in developing holistic and comprehensive suicide prevention strategies. It leverages on the parent Neuropsychiatric Genetics of African Populations (NeuroGAP-P) study examining genetics of psychotic disorders at the coast of Kenya. Stationed at various health facilities at the coast of Kenya, the SIPs study team assesses for risk factors of suicidal behaviour in participants with psychotic disorders in comparison with ones without. Using a community sample, the study also examines different stakeholder perceptions of suicidal behaviour within the aetiology, risk factors, stigma, and preference for care domains. Research data obtained will be used to inform policy on the current criminalized status of suicidal behaviour and possibly push for policy/legislative change. In addition, the research findings can contribute to the development of feasible, acceptable, and effective suicide prevention strategies in this setting.
Investigators and team members
Prof. Joeri Tijdink
Dr Chris Shubert
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