Study Examines Role of Age, Past Behaviors in Suicide

Suicide is a tragic even that many mental health professionals have taken as central to their careers and fields of study. Hoping to decrease the rates of suicide throughout the population and to develop and distribute effective and meaningful care for those in pain, professionals who work with suicide as a subject of study are typically on the lookout for factors that play a role in thoughts and feelings about suicide, attempts, and successful terminations. One study concentrating on suicide recently performed at the University of Lund in Sweden examined how age and past behaviors relating to suicide impact successful attempts. With a broad participant group collected from hospital records from over thirteen years, the researchers set to work to question how multiple suicide attempts, along with their severity, might interact with age in the determination of likelihood that a given subject would commit suicide.

The study found that in general, the likelihood of suicide decreased with age, however both sexes were correlated with certain behaviors that indicated an increased risk as they became older. Specifically, women who had participated in a large number of suicide attempts were significantly more likely to successfully commit suicide as they aged, and men who were associated with severe attempts were indicated for a greater occurrence of completed suicide. The risk factors of repetition and severity were not seen in equal measures between men and women.

The study is bound to help mental health professionals identify situations in which clients are at a higher degree of risk for suicide, and may prompt more accurate and effective monitoring measures in mental health facilities and other venues for specialized care. By furthering the cause of suicide prevention, the researchers have added to the growing set of skills that mental health professionals can use to help people live well, even after a suicidal episode.

© Copyright 2009 by By Noah Rubinstein, LMFT, LMHC, therapist in Olympia, Washington. All Rights Reserved. Permission to publish granted to

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  • Panda


    October 3rd, 2009 at 2:16 AM

    This sure is interesting to say the least… along with the above mentioned factors, I think one more important factor that plays an important role in determining whether a sermon will commit suicide is the company the person is in. If the company is positive and encouraging to the person, then I am sure the chamber of suicide will reduce drastically. Proper counselling at the right time can also save many a lives.

  • Rae


    October 4th, 2009 at 9:03 AM

    It is so sad to me that someone could get to a point in her life that she sees suicide as the only way out. It is even more discouraging that someone would go through their lives devising plans to make the next suicide attempt a success. Why does treatment work for some people and not for others? It has to be largely based on the amount of support that they are getting in other aspects of their lives, such as from family and friends. There should never be the chance for a second suicide attempt, and what I mean by that is that if someone tries and does not succeed, you bet that I would be there with that person in my life to make sure that whatever needs to be done will get done to ensure that they are never to that desperate point again.

  • Thalia


    October 5th, 2009 at 9:21 AM

    Families have to learn that you can’t just ignore a problem and it will go away. These things show up over and over again and without the right help and intervention chances are someone is going to succeed with a suicide attempt and tear the family apart. I know that people do not want to talk about suicide but the time has come that it has to be brought out into the open because who knows how many more people are going to suffer if we keep pushing the subject under the rug.

  • Finge


    October 5th, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    A person who has attempted suicide in the past is more like to have been through a lot of problems and hence is more prone to another attempt at suicide, so I think studying the patients’ history does give an indication…

  • Cry For Help

    Cry For Help

    November 6th, 2009 at 4:51 PM

    My 72 Year Old Sister Committed Suicide 5/25/2009..This Was Her Fifth And Final Attempt…

    I Am Still So Devastated… I Can’t Think!! I Feel Numb!!

    Why Her Husband Didn’t Do Something Or The DAMN Doctor That Was Prescribing These Pills (She Took A LOT OF THEM!!!!!) MONITOR HER BETTER!!!
    Only God Knows..

    The Second Attempt WAS A BIG RED FLAG!!! To Me.. Why No One Else??

    She Was Not My Only Loss.. My Mom Died A Year Earlier At 91 ..My Sister Was NOT Thrilled With Our Mom..

    Give Me A Reply Or Words Of Wisdom That Might Give Me Hope Here???

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