Year: 2004 Source: European Journal of Public Health, v.14, no.3, (September 2004), p.291-295 SIEC No: 20070740

This study was done to determine if there was a distinct pattern of subway suicidal behaviour. Data were taken from the Municipal Munich Subway System case registery for 1980-1999. A total of 306 incidents were documented with an annual mean of 16.5 cases. Case fatality was 66% & was highest in winter & in higher aged groups. No significant time trend for incidences was observed. In comparison to average suicide attempters, subway suicides were markedly younger & followed to a lesser extent established seasonal or circadian time patterns. More women were involved in subway suicides than was expected. Similarities to reports on behavioural patterns of subway suicides in other communities were striking. (23 refs.)