Elderly men are more likely to commit suicide than elderly women

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Researchers in Hong Kong have published a systematic review that explores suicidal behaviour in old age.  They found 22 gender-specific quantitative studies and revealed a range of risk factors for different socio-demographic groups.

Unsurprisingly for a team of suicide researchers, they concluded that further exploration of gender-specific issues in suicide was needed.

They also said:

Health professionals are encouraged to increase their knowledge of the risk factors leading to suicide in old age in their local contexts and to be able to identify potential victims and render timely and appropriate intervention. They should also be ready to open up their service boundaries and develop collaborative partnerships with local agencies and the general public.

Fung YL, Chan ZC. A systematic review of suicidal behaviour in old age: a gender perspective. J Clin Nurs. 2011 Apr 28. [PubMed abstract].

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Andre Tomlin

Andre Tomlin

André started the Mental Elf website in May 2011. He has worked as an Information Scientist in Mental Health since the late nineties; initially at Oxford University's Centre for Evidence-Based Mental Health and since 2002 as the Managing Director of Minervation Ltd. He loves blogging, social media and elves! He also has established interests in evidence-based healthcare, usability testing and web design.

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