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Suicide in older people – can it be prevented?

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 October 2001

RC Baldwin
Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester, UK.
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In the UK, one of the strategic aims for the health services is to reduce death by suicide. Older people are over-represented in national suicide figures in most developed countries so they are de facto a high risk group. For example, in the UK, people aged over 65 comprise about 15% of the population but this age group accounts for between 20 and 25% of all completed suicides.

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