Pesticides and suicide prevention – why research needs to be put into practice

Research shows that the most effective means of reducing suicide deaths by pesticide poisoning is for a country to ban the sale of these highly toxic substances. Yet that research is slow in being translated into practice. So why is this happening?

Against this backdrop, you might be surprised or dismayed to hear that the pesticide industry has a voice in suicide prevention activities – contributing funding to international suicide prevention organisations and World Health Organisation initiatives.

Leading manufacturers of pesticides worldwide also directly fund research carried out by some of the leading suicide prevention researchers globally.