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Suicide rate rises after funeral of Princess of Wales

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 18 November 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1246
  1. Raj Persaud
  1. London

    A rise in the suicide rate in England and Wales followed the funeral of Princess Diana three years ago, a new study shows. The University of Oxford Centre for Suicide Research found that the overall suicide rate in England and Wales rose by 17% in the four weeks after her funeral, compared with the average reported for that period in the four previous years (British Journal of Psychiatry 2000;177:469-72).

    The number of people taking their life in this period increased by 40, but the …

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