Year: 1995 Source: Journal of Affective Disorders, v.35, no.4, (December 18, 1995), p.147-152 SIEC No: 19950652

A retrospective analysis of all 115 consecutive suicides on Gotland between 1981-1992 showed that males & violent methods were overrepresented. 25 had primary major depression. After a 1983 & 1984 education program for physicians on the diagnosis & treatment of depression, the proportion of depressive suicides was significantly lower. It is suggested that the significant decrease in the suicide rate is a direct result of the decrease in depressive suicides in areas served by trained doctors.