Medical care doesn’t diminish suicide grief

The study in 153 relatives and spouses of people who suicided showed about 20% had complicated grief two years after the death and 9% had depression.

Receiving mental health care as an in- or out-patient, or from a GP, in the form of family-based cognitive therapy, had no effect on the risk of complicated grief or depression.

Mutual support from someone who had also lost a relative to suicide actually increased the conditions, the researchers found.

A quarter of subjects experienced suicidal ideation at 2.5 months after the event, declining to 9% at two years.

BMJ 2013; online 2 October

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