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October 26, 2005

Attempted suicide often a snap decision fuelled by drugs and alcohol, new study

MedicalNewsToday.com, 19 Oct 2005

As Australia tries to arrest its national suicide rate, new University of Western Sydney research reveals that many suicide attempts are unplanned, with a good portion of suicide survivors reporting they felt the urge to harm themselves less than ten minutes before acting on it. [...] Dr Wyder found over half of the study participants - 51 per cent - tried to make a suicide attempt after thinking about it for 10 minutes or less, with an additional 16 per cent contemplating it for less than half an hour. Dr Wyder found the impulsiveness of this suicidal behaviour was often fuelled by drugs and alcohol, with men the group most likely to be under the influence.

See also this interesting entry on the PsychNotes Blog which discusses this, and other recent studies of suicidal behaviour.

Posted by Emma at October 26, 2005 07:38 AM


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