Year: 2007 Source: Journal of Urban Health, v.84, no.6, (November 2007), p.766-781 SIEC No: 20100324

A literature review involving epidemiology studies & studies relating to subway suicide was conducted. 28 studies were included in this review. Across studies, characteristics were not often assessed for risk factor status, although several characteristics were remarkably similar. Those attempting suicide on the subway appear to be affected by serious mental illness & have contact with mental health services before the suicidal behaviour. Several characteristics may be shared among this population. Well-designed studies that utilize robust data collection & statistical methods are needed to establish the risk status associated with these characteristics. (42 refs.)

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