A represent. sample of 800 women aged between 38-54 were investigated by psychiatric interview, completed by information from other sources. An assessment was made of the max. degree of suicidal tendency during life according to a 5-degree scale. The observed incidence of suicidal attempts was 4.5%. A further 14.9% had at some time in their lives had suicidal ideas & 22.3% had had feelings that life was nor worth living. 1/5 of suicide attempts did not lead to any contact with health services.