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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If you live elsewhere, we recommend finding a local Crisis Centre on the IASP website.

We also highly recommend that you visit the Connecting with People: Staying Safe resource.

 

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Andre Tomlin

Andre Tomlin

André Tomlin is an Information Scientist with 20 years experience working in evidence-based healthcare. He's worked in the NHS, for Oxford University and since 2002 as Managing Director of Minervation Ltd, a consultancy company who do clever digital stuff for charities, universities and the public sector. Most recently André has been the driving force behind the Mental Elf and the National Elf Service; an innovative digital platform that helps professionals keep up to date with simple, clear and engaging summaries of evidence-based research. André is a Trustee at the Centre for Mental Health and an Honorary Research Fellow at University College London Division of Psychiatry. He lives in Bristol with his wife, dog and three little elflings.

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