Year: 2003 Source: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, v.37, no.5, (October 2003), p.595-599 SIEC No: 20040293

All sources of mortality were examined in a 5 year prospective study of 302 individuals who had made medically serious suicide attempts. It was found that within 5 years of making a medically serious suicide attempt, 1 in 11 (8.9%) of participants had died, 59.2% by completing suicide. Comparison with the general population showed the excess mortality was attributable to death by suicide & by motor vehicle accidents. The need for enhanced & long-term treatment, follow-up & surveillance programmes is discussed. (21 refs)