Suicides in public places: findings from one English county
European Journal of Public Health
Oxford University Press (OUP)
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Little is known about where suicides take place. We collected data from coroners' files on all suicides and undetermined deaths in one large English county from 2000 to 2004. The data show that >30% of suicides occurred in public places. A quarter of these involved jumping from a height and nearly a quarter involved car exhaust poisoning. Several sites were associated with multiple methods of suicide. Identifying and managing high-risk locations should be an important part of an overall suicide prevention strategy and is best tackled at local level.
National Institute for Mental Health in England
Vol. 19 (1), pp. 580 - 582
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