Ketil Slagstad: "In the current issue of Tidsskrift for Den norske legeforening which is now online, we present a study where the researchers conducted 61 in-depth interviews with bereaved next of kin of young men who had committed suicide. The bereaved perceived the generally accepted assumption that suicide is attributable to mental illness as an obstacle to identifying suicide risk. Most of the bereaved saw no signs of mental illness before the suicide. The suicide crisis was associated with relational factors.
Thus, the authors challenge the current prevention model for suicide. Mental illness is not a sufficient nor necessary factor to explain suicide.
Finding an artist who could illustrate the cover page was not easy. The topic is sensitive, and it was important for us not to succumb to clichés. However, when we saw Bettina Kriegs work, we knew she would be perfect for the job. Bettina is a Berlin-based artist who has been working on topics like life, power, control and loss of control. As she told us: "Where there is light, there is shadow. When you look at the drawing, you don´t know where it begins and where it ends."
Bettina is just a wonderful person and an amazing artist."
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