Year: 2006 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.36, no.4, (August 2006), p.432-442 SIEC No: 20070375

To investigate risk factors for suicide in veterans of peacekeeping, 43 suicides & 41 fatal accidents in Norwegian peacekeepers (1978-1995) were compared in a psychological autopsy study. Mental health problems were the most important risk factor for suicide. Both living alone & the break-up of a love relationship contributed uniquely to suicide risk, even when controlling for mental health problems. No peacekeeping-related factor was associated with suicide. Preventive measures should focus on firearms control, improved detection systems for mental health problems in the military, & peer support through veterans’ associations. (44 refs.)