Elderly Suicide and Suicide Prevention

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Part of the Mental Health and Illness Worldwide book series (MHIW)


With the elderly population rising and suicide rates increasing with age the total number of eldrly suicides will increase. This chapter reviews the literature on the epidemiology and risk factors for elderly suicides and attempted suicides at an individual and population level. Additionally, it also developes theories on pathways to suicide, including the epidemiological transition hypothesis. Finally, the extant literature on prevention of suicide is also reviewed.


Elderly suicide Attempted suicide Suicide prevention 


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  1. 1.School of HealthUniversity of Central LancashirePrestonUK
  2. 2.Imperial College School of MedicineLondonUK
  3. 3.Central and Northwest London NHS Foundation TrustLondonUK

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