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Affluence does not affect suicide risk

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People who live in deprived areas are no more likely to commit suicide than those in more affluent areas, suggests a UK study.

Researchers from Queen’s University in Belfast, who studied the 556 deaths of people recorded as suicide or ‘undetermined intent’ over a five year period, found that area of residence had no significant impact on suicide rate.

Lead researcher Dermot O’Reilly, senior lecturer in the department of epidemiology and public health at the university, said: ‘Variation in suicide rates between areas in Northern Ireland is entirely explained by the differences in the characteristics of the people living in these areas. Where you live doesn’t add to that risk.’

British Journal of Psychiatry (2008) 192: 106-111

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