Year: 2010 Source: Archives of Suicide Research, v.14, no.1, (2010), p.56-65 SIEC No: 20100247

This study examines the characteristics of attempted suicides in Andhra Pradesh, India &, using the primary data, make secondary projections for the forthcoming years. An analysis was done to detect possible suicides during January-December 2007. A follow-up 48 hours later was done to confirm status & diagnosis. A total of 1007 cases were recorded as suicides. Estimates of attempted suicides for the year 2008 revealed a mean of 3.2-3.8 per 1,000 population for males, 3.3-3.7 per 1,000 population for males, & 6.4-7.6 per 1,000 population combined. A serious epidemic of suicides seems to be in store in the coming years unless preventive steps in the form of policy changes are undertaken. (33 refs.)