Year: 2007 Source: Death Studies, v.31, no.4, (April 2007), p.363-372 SIEC No: 20070422

In this article, Stack asserts the argument of Yang & Lester (2007) on the cost savings from suicide could be strengthened in 3 ways: recalculating the cost savings by re-examining the use of mental health services by suicidal persons; exercising caution in interpreting savings in medical care; & considering the costs of the grieving of significant others – there may be fewer potential grievers than estimated as suicidal persons have been shown to have less dense social networks. Future work is also needed to adjust lost earnings for the lower occupational status of suicide victims. (14 refs.)