Year: 2007 Source: Annals of General Psychiatry, v.6, (October 2007), p.26-34 SIEC No: 20080251

This paper provides a summary of literature on suicidal behaviour among deaf individuals. Very few studies were found that focussed specifically on this population. The 13 studies that were included generally involved small & unrepresentative samples. There were limited data on the rate of suicidal behaviour in deaf people. Little evidence was found to suggest that risk factors for suicide in deaf people differed systematically from those in the general population. Suggested prevention strategies include developing specific screening tools, training clinical staff, promoting deaf awareness, & increasing the availability of specialist mental health services for deaf people. (34 refs.)