Year: 1993 Source: The Lancet, v.342, no.8878, (October 23, 1993), p.1055-1056 SIEC No: 19940160

All suicides committed in Finland in 1987-88 (n=1397) were recorded & analysed with the psychological autopsy method. Definition of suicide was based on forensic examination. Data was obtained from interviews, records, & investigations. 18% of suicides were discharged from a psychiatric hospital during the year before suicide; the median interval was 63 days. This accords with Goldacre’s finding ((SIEC AN 930837) that suicides after hospital discharge cluster in the early post-discharge period.