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Risk Factors in Suicide

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As we will be hearing on World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10), suicide is far from unusual. Here is an overview of the key risk factors alongside some positive steps insurers can take to support suicide prevention.

For further information on international trends in suicide and how insurers are responding, go to www.genre.com/suicidestatistics.

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Risk Factors in Suicide

  1. 1. risk factors in suicide The current annual global toll from suicide is nearly 1 million deaths. This is more than the number of deaths from homicide and war combined. Rates remain stubbornly high or are increasing in many countries including the U.S., Russia, Japan and South Korea. For every committed suicide, there are at least 20 attempts. in the U.S., 0ver 90% of those who take their own liFe have a history of mental illness. Depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, eating disorders and drug addiction are all commonly associated with suicide. Individuals with a substance use disorder are almost 6 times as likely to report a lifetime suicide attempt. mental illness Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death in THE UNDER 45 AGE GROUP. Copycat suicide and social pressure are common amongst younger deaths. Pressure to maintain financial stability disproportionately impacts middle-aged males. Fear of becoming dependent or a financial burden are observed more in older age groups. gender culture economy geography awareness PTSD Heightened awareness and media presence can prompt suicides; however, lack of awareness can leave those at risk with nowhere to turn. 18% of those who commit suicide in But prevention and detection efforts continue to fall short In part due to the lack of awareness of serious depressive illness as well as social and cultural stigma. For more information on this topic, please read our article: © 2014 General Re Corporation underlying risk factors circumstantial risk factors prevention the U.S. are veterans. actions for insurers age In general rates of suicide are higher in males. Cultural acceptance and perception have a strong influence on suicide rates. Suicide rates are seen to increase during times of recession. Permanent daylight may explain summertime peaks in Greenland’s suicide rate. Identify and treat those suering from mental disorders and substance abuse. Improve access to health and social services. Restrict access to toxic substances and firearms. Report suicide in the media responsibly. Encourage greater employee support in group schemes. a concerted effort on suicide prevention is required. Include support services such as anonymous hotlines for individual policyholders. WWW.GENRE.COM/SUICIDESTATISTICS Sara Goldberg +49 221 9738 337 sara.goldberg@genre.com de.linkedin.com/in/sarawgoldberg Help remove barriers to mental health services. Ensure eective rehabilitation for those recovering from an attempted suicide. Sources: http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/suicide_datasheet-a.pdf http://www.genre.com/knowledge/publications/ri14-1-goldberg-en.html http://www.who.int/topics/suicide/en/ https://www.iasp.info/pdf/papers/Bertolote.pdf http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/substance-use-disorder/link-between-substance-abuse-violence-and-suicide http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2014/suicide-prevention-report/en/

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