Year: 2009 Source: Crisis, v.30, no.3, (2009), p.115-119 SIEC No: 20100287

This article describes the results of a 9-year monitoring study of suicide attempts in adolescents & young adults referred to the emergency department of the Gent University Hospital, Belgium. Attempted suicide rates declined from 1996-2001, & then rose until 2004, but did not exceed previous rates. There was a preponderance of female attempters, except for 1997. Rates of attempts & of fatal suicide were negatively correlated. In nearly 1 in 5 attempts, alcohol was used in combination with other methods, & alcohol intake was more commonly observed in older suicide attempters. Nearly half of the adolescents were identified as repeaters. (15 refs.)