‘Alarming’ number of carers contemplate suicide

Researchers from Griffith University found among 120 carers recruited for a pilot study from online carer discussion boards in Australia and the US, 26% had thought about suicide more than once in the previous 12 months.

Of those, half had never told anyone they were contemplating committing suicide, and a third were classified as likely to attempt suicide in the future.

“It is clear that some family carers are already contemplating suicide and, as such, health professionals and community care providers must work to identify and support these carers now,” the authors said.

“In fact,

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