December 2019

December 11, 2019

Seventy-nine percent of suicides occur in developing countries and hanging is the second most likely method of suicide attempt in developing countries1,2. Efforts to prevent hanging are hindered by the social stigma of depression and suicide and the lack of an effective prevention strategy. In this mini-review, we discuss the current epidemiology and prevention strategies of hanging as a suicide attempt in the developing world, discuss the physiology of hanging and near hanging and describe the results of our recently published protocol for the initial management of near-hanging patients.