Year: 2006 Source: American Journal of Public Health, v.96, no.10, (October 2006), p.1744-1751 SIEC No: 20080862

Suicide rates among 4 American age groups from 1970-2002 were examined as were the factors that may have contributed to declines in these groups. Particular attention was paid to newer antidepressants because of concerns about a possible association with suicidal behaviours. The relative contributions of depression diagnosis & treatment, postsuicide attempt care, & other contextual factors also deserve attention. If the decline is associated with contextual factors, clarifying these associations will better inform public policy decisions & contribute to more effective interventions for preventing suicide. (70 refs)