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Why Do People Commit Suicide?

Global suicide rates are rising. In order to understand what’s going on, and how best to prevent this trend from continuing, Laci examines the underlying factors that lead people to take their own lives.

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Risk Factors and Warning Signs

“Risk factors for suicide are characteristics or conditions that increase the chance that a person may try to take her or his life.”

First Major Study of Suicide Motivations to Advance Prevention

“A University of British Columbia study sheds important new light on why people attempt suicide and provides the first scientifically tested measure for evaluating the motivations for suicide.”

Assessing Motivations for Suicide Attempts: Development and Psychometric Properties of the Inventory of Motivations for Suicide Attempts

“This study describes the psychometric properties of the Inventory of Motivations for Suicide Attempts (IMSA).”

Study: Identifying Suicide Risk Factors

“People with depression are at a 32 times increased risk, while social factors are more closely associated with suicide in men than in women.”

Why People Commit Suicide

“Understanding suicidal ideation can help prevent suicide.”

Suicide Rates Rise Sharply in U.S.

“Suicide rates among middle-aged Americans have risen sharply in the past decade, prompting concern that a generation of baby boomers who have faced years of economic worry and easy access to prescription painkillers may be particularly vulnerable to self-inflicted harm.”

Suicide Among Adults Aged 35–64 Years — United States, 1999–2010

“Suicide is an increasing public health concern. In 2009, the number of deaths from suicide surpassed the number of deaths from motor vehicle crashes in the United States.”

Sociodemographic, psychiatric and somatic risk factors for suicide: a Swedish national cohort study

More effective prevention of suicide requires a comprehensive understanding of sociodemographic, psychiatric and somatic risk factors.

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