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Suicidality and suicide in older people

  • Anke Bonnewyn (a1), Ajit Shah (a2) and Koen Demyttenaere (a1)

Summary

Suicide is accepted as a major health problem worldwide, especially in the young and middle aged. It is, however, a significant health problem in older people as well, and those aged 65 years and over generally have the highest suicide rates compared with all other age groups. In research literature from the last decade, there has been an increased interest in disentangling the phenomenon of suicide in later life. This paper aims to critically review the literature on suicide and suicidality in later life published from 2000 to 2009. Prevalence rates as well as risk and protective factors are mapped and correlates reviewed. The association between suicidality and help-seeking behaviour is considered. Finally, potential prevention strategies are reviewed.

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Address for corrrespondence: Anke Bonnewyn, University Psychiatric Center KU Leuven, Campus Gasthuisberg, Herestraat 49, 3000 Leuven, Belgium. Email: anke.bonnewyn@uzleuven.be

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