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Revista de Salud Pública

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BARRIOS-ACOSTA, Miguel et al. University and suicidal behavior: institutional response and actions, Bogotá 2004-2014. Rev. salud pública [online]. 2017, vol.19, n.2, pp.153-160. ISSN 0124-0064.


To analyze the institutional responses and actions towards suicidal behavior of students from five universities in Bogotá, and their relation with the National Mental Health Policy (NMHP), the Comprehensive Primary Health Care Guidelines (APS), and the plans established for approaching this issue, to finally make suggestions based on them.


Qualitative, exploratory-descriptive study based on the experiences of 66 university workers, who provided inputs on suicide and its characteristics; this study is also grounded on the institutional response of five universities in Bogotá. Semi-structured interviews were also used.


Participating universities have a heteronomous understanding of the phenomenon of suicide, as well as different attention mechanisms, which are mainly directed to administrative support and the prevention of suicidal behavior contagion.


The consummate suicides of students have served the universities to reflect upon this problem, which has made more visible the problem of dehumanization in training, and the role of university well-being and health services. The appropriateness of inter-institutional and intersectoral networks, psychoeducation, co-responsibility, and the active participation of young people in the discussion and formulation of welfare-oriented approaches and programs are strong aspects that arise from this reflection.

Keywords : Suicide; universities; local strategies; young adult; (source: MeSH, NLM)..

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