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  • Yu Wen Koo (a1), Kairi Kõlves (a1) and Diego De Leo (a1)
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Suicide rates differ when comparing older adults by specific age groups (e.g. Shah et al., 2016) and they have different socio-demographic and clinical characteristics (Koo et al., 2017). In order to prevent suicide in older adults, these should not be treated as a homogenous group.


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Correspondence should be addressed to: Dr. Kairi Kõlves, AISRAP, Griffith University, Mt Gravatt Campus, QLD 4122, Australia. Phone: +61-7-3735-3380; Fax: +61-7-3735-3450. Email:


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