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Suicidal behaviour is not lessened by higher treatment rate, study shows

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7503.1288-b (Published 02 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1288
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    The number of people who attempted suicide or made suicidal “gestures” (cries for help rather than really wanting to kill themselves) and who received treatment rose significantly in the United States over a decade, a new study shows.

    But although a greater proportion of people received treatment, over the same period there was no decline in the total number of people country-wide with suicidal behaviours, ranging from suicidal thoughts to suicide attempts. The findings seem to indicate that the increase in the treatment of emotional problems over the decade did not close the gap between disadvantaged groups and other people in the risk of suicidal behaviours.

    The researchers, from Harvard …

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