The Challenge of Suicide Prevention in Later Life

Yeates Conwell and Alisa O’Riley

in Late-Life Mood Disorders

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Published in print February 2013 | ISBN: 9780199796816
Published online June 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199323081 | DOI:
The Challenge of Suicide Prevention in Later Life

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As the world’s population of older adults increases, deaths by suicide in late life will become an increasing public health problem. In this chapter, our objectives are threefold. First, we review the epidemiology of suicide in late-life. Next, we discuss the risk and protective factors for suicidal behavior in older adults. Third, we review promising approaches to late-life suicide prevention that represent both high-risk and population-oriented approaches. Finally, we conclude with a discussion of future directions for how we might work toward addressing the problem of late-life suicide via additional research, the implementation of public health interventions, and changes to public policy.

Chapter.  8362 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Old Age Psychiatry ; Neurology

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