Year: 2010 Source: Clinical Neuropsychiatry, v.7, no.4/5, (2010), p.133-140 SIEC No: 20110093

A complete sample of 1051 suicides in Tasmania was studied for differences in their characteristics by their method for suicide. Clear differences emerged between those using different methods. Those using gas inhalation were reacting to personal conflict or loss & misused alcohol. Those using jumping had ongoing psychiatric problems & a history of suicidal behaviour. Those using firearms were characterized by anger & were more likely to commit murder-suicide than those using other methods. These differences were explored for their implications for prevention. (22 refs.) JA

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