The geography of self-injury: Spatial patterns in attempted and completed suicide.

This study uses hospital discharge data, death certificates and medical examiner data for New Jersey for 1999Ð2001 to investigate whether fatal and non-fatal self-injury exhibit similar geographic patterns. Findings show that the demographic characteristics of individuals committing fatal and non-fatal self-injury are quite different. Furthermore, attempted and completed suicides have a somewhat different geographical pattern.

The impact of pesticide suicide on the geographic distribution of suicide in Taiwan: A spatial analysis.


Positive Association Between Altitude and Suicide in 2584 U.S. Counties

This retrospective study examines 20 years of American county-specific mortality date, 1979-1998. County altitude was obtained from the US Geological Survey. Although there was a negative correlation between county altitude & all-cause mortality, there was a strong positive correlation between altitude & suicide rate. Mean altitude differed in the 50 counties with the highest suicide […]

Spatial Distribution of Suicide in Queensland, Australia

This study examined the spatial distribution of suicide at a Local Governmental Area level & identified the areas with a high relative risk of suicide in Queensland, Australia, using geographical information system techniques. Data were collected on suicide & demographic variables in each area between 1999-2003 & an age-standarised mortality rate was calculated. Far north […]

Sex-Specific Impact of Socio-Economic Factors on Suicide Risk: a Population-Based Case-Control Study in Denmark

Using Danish population registration data including 15,648 suicides & matched population controls, the authors investigated the association of multiple socioeconomic factors with suicide risk & explored the gender-specific aspects of these associations. Conditional logistic regressional models were used. Socioeconomic status, proxied by low income, unskilled blue-collar work, non-specific wage work, & unemployment increased suicide risk […]

Completed Suicide and Marital Status According to the Italian Region of Origin


Cause of Death Among Reproductive age Group Women in Maharashtra, India

This study reports data pertaining to deaths among reproductive age group women in Maharashtra, India along with factors contributing to these deaths. House-to-house surveys of a representative population were undertaken. A total of 103 deaths were investigated; 95 of these were due to non-maternal causes. Suicides were the leading cause of death in the injury […]

Role of IL-10 -1082, IFN-gamma +874, and TNF-alpha -308 Genes Polymorphisms in Suicidal Behavior

This study examined whether the IL-10 -1082, IFN-gamma +874, & TNF-alpha -308 polymorphisms were associated with suicidal behviour. 145 patients with suicidal behaviour & 160 controls were genotyped using the ASO-PCR method. TNF-alpha -308 G/G genotype was increased in males who died by suicide versus control group subjects. IL-10 -1082 A/A genotype was higher in […]

Suicide Time Trends in Brazil from 1980 to 2005

This study described suicide time trends in Brazil from 1980-2005. Data were obtained from the National Mortality Information System & the Brazilian Institute of Geography & Statistics. Suicide rates were calculated for the entire period for the country as a whole & the 26 states & federal district. Annual increases or decreases in mortality rates […]

Suicide Attempts by Poisoning in Hanoi, Vietnam: Methods Used, Mental Problems, and History of Mental Health Care

Methods of poisoning, presence of mental problems, & the rate of psychiatric care among suicide attempters in Vietnam were investigated. 309 individuals admitted to a hospital’s poison control centre were studied. Standardized questionnaries were used. The most common methods were poisoning by psychotropic drugs in urban, & pesticides in rural areas. ICD-10 confirmed disorders were […]

An Annual Survey of Successful Suicide Incidence in Hamadan, Western Iran

This study describes patterns in suicide methods in Hamadan, western Iran. All 146 suicide cases from March 2004-March 2005 were included. The prevalence of suicide was 8.3 per 100,000 population. The male-to-female ratio was 7.1:1. The average age of cases was 33.9 years. Across all age groups, males had consistently higher rates of suicide than […]

The Evolution of the Epidemic of Charcoal-Burning Suicide in Taiwan: a Spatial and Temporal Analysis


Specific Characteristics of Suicide Attempts in Patients With Schizophrenia in Turkey

300 Turkish patients with a diagnosis of schizophrenia were studied. The sample was divided into 2 groups on the presence or absence of lifetime suicide attempts. Subjects who had & had not attempted suicide did not differ with respect to demographic variables. The suicide attempters tended to be younger at the age of onset, had […]

The Prevalence of Suicidal Ideation in the General Population: Results From the Outcome of Depression International Network (ODIN) Study

A 2-stage screening approach of over 12,000 adults from the general population were evaluated by face-to-face interview to identify those meeting ICD-10 criteria for depressive disorders at 8 sites in 5 European countries. A cross-sectional analysis of Item 9 (suicide ideation) of the Beck Depression Inventory was done. The standardised period prevalence for all suicide […]

Suicide by Greenlandic Youth, in Historical and Circumpolar Perspective (IN: Children and Youth in Greenland – an Anthology, edited by W Kahlig & N Banerjee)

This chapter presents a short summary of what is known (& not known, in a scientific way) about suicide by Greenlandic youth, & situates the present youth suicide situation in Greenland in historical & circumpolar perspective. (12 notes, 9 refs.) Contact us for a copy of this article, or view online at

Understanding the Unique Characteristics of Suicide in China: National Psychological Autopsy Study


A Review of Completed Suicides in the Lothian and Borders Region of Scotland (1987-1991)

A review was done of 400 suicides that occurred over a 5-year period (1987-1991) in the Lothian & Borders region of Scotland. The rate was 9.4 per 100,000 population with the elderly having a significantly higher rate than adolescents. More cases occurred in rural communities. The peak incidence was in the 45-54 year age group. […]

Firearm Availability and Suicide, Homicide, and Unintentional Firearm Deaths Among Women

This study sought to determine whether measures of firearm availability are related to rates of suicide, homicide, & unintentional firearm deaths among American women. Pooled cross-sectional time series data on suicide, homicide, & unintentional firearm deaths (1988-1997) were used to estimate the association between the rate of violent death among women & 4 proxies of […]

Suicidal Ideation, Post-Traumatic Stress and Suicide Statistics in Kosovo

This study, based on a representative sample of 1161 subjects in Kosovo, assessed war related experiences & posttraumatic stress disorder symptomatology. Irrespective of age, gender, or education, subjects in rural areas had high suicide ideation scores. Unemployment & high posttraumatic stress disorder scores were associated with suicide ideation scores. It is concluded suicide ideation, linked […]

Rural-Urban Differences in Austrian Suicides

This study analyzed the longitudinal trends of rural & urban suicides in Austria from 1970-2005. The decade, 1995-2005, was also investigated cross-sectionally in terms of age groups, gender, suicide methods, & family status. The ratio of rural to urban suicide rates continuously increased in both genders over the 35 years, indicating a growing risk in […]

The Epidemiology of Firearm Suicide in the United States

Rates of firearm suicide have changed little over the past two decades & have consistently exceeded rates of firearm homicide in the United States. The firearm suicide rate among men is approximately 6 times that of women. While firearm suicide rates are highest among the elderly, the majority (66%) of firearms suicides are among persons […]

Is There a Role for Suicide Research in Modern Ireland?

Suicide is the leading cause of death in young Irish men. The policy document “Reach Out” lays out an obligation to plan research into suicidal behaviours to address knowledge deficits. This editorial discusses data shortfalls, a Health Research Board report on suicide in Ireland, psychological autopsy studies, regional & cultural variations in suicide risk & […]

Suicide Rates in China During a Decade of Rapid Social Changes

This paper examined trends in national, regional, gender, & age-specific suicide rates in China over 1991-2000, a time of rapid economic & social changes. A regression model was used to detect any variations. National, urban, & rural suicide rates for men & women decreased significantly over the study period; age-specific rates, however, showed that there […]