General efforts have included preventive and proactive measures within the realms of medicine and mental health, as well as public health and other[which?] fields. Because protective factors such as social support and social engagement—as well as environmental risk-factors such as access to lethal means—apparently play significant roles in suicide prevention, one cannot view suicide solely as either a medical issue or as a mental-health issue. Suicide prevention is risky for health professionals in terms of practitioners' emotional distress and the possibility of malpractice suits.
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