Suicides among male Finnish seafarers

Acta Psychiatr Scand. 1985 Jun;71(6):575-80. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0447.1985.tb02551.x.


On analysing death registers of Finnish seafarers, 117 cases of suicide were found among active professional males in the years 1965-77. The suicide rate of the officers was similar to that of occupationally active males in the general population, while the suicide rate of the crew was 2 1/2 times higher (P less than 0.05). Many of the men who committed suicide had been at sea 5 to 10 years. Before their death they frequently changed ships.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Finland
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Naval Medicine*
  • Risk
  • Ships
  • Social Isolation
  • Suicide / epidemiology*