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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: Petros Skapinakis, MD, MPH, PhD, 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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