Year: 2006 Source: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, v.21, no.4, (April 2006), p.307-311 SIEC No: 20070582

Suicide & attempted suicide rates & their characteristics were assessed among residents of nursing homes in the Veneto region of north-east Italy. Structured interviews were completed with nursing home managers in 2001. In the study period, 5 suicides & eight suicide attempts wre reported. All but one of the suicides & one of the attempters had a history of mental disorders. 7 subjects had been living in a nursing home for less than one year. Behavioural control, lack of access to means, & medical supervision does not seem to have protected the nursing home residents from the risk of suicide. (19 refs.)