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Statistical Risk Factors for Suicide

Abstract: Suicide risk is higher for men, for older people, for people recently ill, and for excessive alcohol users.

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Statistical Risk Factors for Suicide

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Written by: , lecturer of Psychiatry in the University of Ioannina Medical School, Greece. Eva Gerasi, postgraduate student in the Department of Psychiatry, University Hospital of Ioannina, Greece.
First version: 22 Jul 2008.
Latest revision: 19 Feb 2011.

Are there risk factors for suicides?

Answer:

It has been gathered that statistically high risk indicators for suicide are:
  • Male gender.
  • Older age.
  • Single status, particularly if recent - that is, through divorce or bereavement.
  • Current physical ill health, particularly if painful, debilitating or life-threatening.
  • Previous acts of deliberate self-harm.
  • Excessive alcohol use.
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