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Social Integration and Suicide

A study of male health professionals 40-75 years of age found that the risk of suicide decreased as their levels of social integration increased and that "men who were socially well-integrated had a more than 2-fold reduced risk for suicide over 24 years of follow-up." The authors suggest that their research provides evidence that social isolation, like mental illness, can contribute to an ongoing vulnerability for suicide that can be triggered by stressful life events...

This summary is based on: Tsai, A.C., Lucas, M., Sania, A., Kim, D., and Kawachi, I. (2014). Social integration and suicide mortality among men: 24-year cohort study of U.S. health professionals. Annals of Internal Medicine 161(2), 85-95.

Summary Source: Spark Weekly Newsletter, February 20, 2015 from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center