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by Dr Samuel Yates and
Dr Sachin Patel
Last updated: November 2019
With an ageing population, suicide in
older people will become an increasingly important cause of
mortality in the coming years.
Whilst there are similarities in the risk
factors for suicide in this population when compared to the general
population, there are some important differences. This module aims
to highlight these differences by reviewing current knowledge of
the risk factors for completed suicide and self-harm in older
With this information, the reader should be
better able to assess the risk of suicide in older adults and
hopefully implement appropriate preventative
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