Year: 1988 Source: South African Medical Journal, v.73, no.1, (January 1988), p.19-23 SIEC No: 19880497

This cross-sectional descriptive study of 161 suicide inquests in the Cape Town area during 1983-84 includes demographic characteristics of the study group & factors assumed to have influenced the act of suicide. The most striking finding was a much higher suicide rate among whites than among coloured or blacks. Disparity in the availability or utilisation of psychiatric help by different ethnic groups is highlighted as well as the fact that many of those who receive help still commit suicide.