Suicide in the Geriatric Population: Risk Factors, Identification, and Management

  • Manisha Shenava
  • Rita Hitching
  • Laura B. DunnEmail author


Although the prevalence of suicide attempts among the geriatric population is lower than in other age groups, the proportion of attempts which result in suicide is greater. And when psychiatric hospitalization is deemed necessary, there is a presumption among referring providers and family members that the chosen inpatient setting has adequate resources and time for the evaluation and prevention of suicidal behavior. Therefore, an assessment of suicide risk in the geriatric psychiatric inpatient unit requires a more thorough evaluation than in the emergency department, community, or outpatient settings. This chapter reviews known risk factors in the aging population, strategies for appropriate assessment of suicidality, and recommendations for its management and prevention.


Suicide Inpatient Geriatrics Suicide risk Risk factors Identification Management Epidemiology Suicide ideation Death ideation Geriatrics Depression screening Suicidal plan Suicidal intent 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Manisha Shenava
    • 1
  • Rita Hitching
    • 2
  • Laura B. Dunn
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Kaiser Permanente, Geriatric Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesKaiser PermanenteOntarioUSA
  2. 2.Palo Alto Veterans’ Institute for Research (PAVIR), VA Palo Alto Health Care SystemPalo AltoUSA
  3. 3.Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Training Program, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford UniversityStanfordUSA

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