[Suicide - background, epidemiology, risk factors]

Ther Umsch. 2015 Oct;72(10):603-9. doi: 10.1024/0040-5930/a000726.
[Article in German]


Suicide research, in particular epidemiology, comprises a huge amount of data. However, the theoretical understanding clearly lags behind the empirical knowledge. Suicide, suicide attempts and other suicidal behaviors are more heterogeneous than most explanatory approaches would assume. The most important recent contributions to a better understanding have come from selected epidemiological findings and, interestingly, prevention. This article provides an overview of epidemiological findings, the most relevant risk factors and conclusions related to successful preventive efforts.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Distribution
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Risk Factors
  • Sex Distribution
  • Suicide / statistics & numerical data*
  • Suicide / trends
  • Suicide Prevention*
  • Switzerland / epidemiology
  • Young Adult