Suicide and suicide prevention in Vienna from 1938 to 1945

Neuropsychiatrie : Klinik, Diagnostik, Therapie und Rehabilitation : Organ der Gesellschaft Österreichischer Nervenärzte und Psychiater
Gernot SonneckReinhard Mundschütz

Abstract

Beginning with the inception of suicide prevention in interwar Vienna, the paper illustrates how the high number of counselling centres contrasted with a discourse of selection. Despite the fact that suicide rates proved extremely high, suicide prevention declined in importance between 1934 and 1945. Suicide was increasingly attributed to the weak and the inferior. The massive threat to Vienna's Jewish population and the high suicide rates among Viennese Jews are also outlined. The paper concludes with a synopsis of V. E. Frankl's activities in the field of suicide prevention at the Rothschild Hospital as well as the concentration camp in Theresienstadt.

References

Jul 12, 2005·Archives of Suicide Research : Official Journal of the International Academy for Suicide Research·David Lester
Aug 18, 2009·Social Science & Medicine·Thomas NiederkrotenthalerGernot Sonneck

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May 11, 2016·The Psychiatric Quarterly·Francisco López-MuñozMatthis Krischel
Jun 16, 2016·Frontiers in Psychiatry·Francisco López-Muñoz, Esther Cuerda-Galindo

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