Year: 2008 Source: South African Journal of Psychiatry, v.14, no.1, (March 2008), p.20-26 SIEC No: 20081300

This study examined the profile of patients who had attempted suicide & were referred to Pelonomi Hospital for psychological evaluation & treatment during May 2005-April 2006. A descriptive, retrospective study was conducted. The study population included 258 patients. The majority of patients were female & the median age was 22 years. The most common method of suicide attempt was drug overdose. The main precipitating factors included problematic relationships, financial problems, psychiatric problems, arguments, abuse, low self-esteem, worthlessness/hopelessness/humiliation, & recent life changes. (24 refs.)