Year: 2000 Source: International Review of Psychiatry, v.12, no.1, (February 2000), p.21-26 SIEC No: 20011694

Focussing on Britain, this review outlines the epidemiology of suicide, geographical patterns (place), secular trends (time), & personal characteristics associated with increased risk (person). Variation in suicide rates both between areas at one point in time & within countries over the course of time indicate that potentially modifiable factors are operating. Health service interventions to prevent suicide may be as relevant as social policy measures to tackle its underlying causes. (46 refs.)