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Deprivation not a cause of suicide

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People living in deprived areas are no more likely to commit suicide than those in wealthier areas, suggests a UK study.

Researchers from Queen’s University in Belfast, studying 566 deaths 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, 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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