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FERRACIOLI, Natália Gallo Mendes et al. The psychic backstage of suicide: a psychoanalytic approach. Vínculo [online]. 2019, vol.16, n.1, pp. 01-17. ISSN 1806-2490.

Suicide is considered a public health problem on a planetary scale, with impacts not only in the interpersonal and family sphere, but also economic and social. Because of its proximity to human finiteness, a taboo subject in Western society, suicide attracts stigmas and prejudices that hinder a technical approach devoid of moral judgments. This inhibits the development of care methods that can meet the needs of the individual with suicidal behavior, family and community. Given this scenario, this study aimed to present a psychoanalytic understanding of the phenomenon of suicide, fostering reflections that can subsidize therapeutic care and preventive and health promotion proposals. It is concluded that the enigma that has always surrounded suicidal behavior in different times and societies, such as the personal motivation for the act and the relative influence of emotional, family, social and economic factors on its concretization still persists.

Palavras-chave : suicide; suicidal behavior; psychoanalysis; desire of death.

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