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Mental health
Do psychopharmacological interventions affect suicide reattempters?
  1. Kirsty E Fishburn,
  2. Andrew Paul Barker
  1. Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Hull, Hull, UK
  1. Correspondence to Kirsty E Fishburn, University of Hull Faculty of Health and Social Care, Hull HU6 7RX, UK ; k.fishburn{at}

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Commentary on: Irigoyen M, Segovia AP, Galván L, et al. Predictors of re-attempt in a cohort of suicide attempters: a survival analysis. J Affect Disord. 2019 Mar 15;247:20-28. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2018.12.050. Epub 18 Dec 2018.

Implications for practice and research

  • Further exploration is needed within the time period of 1–6 months following a suicide attempt to analyse the support required to identify reattempters.

  • Further research is required to examine the impact and effectiveness of psychological interventions on suicide attempters. Does this help to reduce suicide reattempts more than pharmacological interventions?


Suicide is a global priority.1 It is a term commonly associated with a mental health disorder and is synonymous to diagnoses such as personality disorder and depression.2 There is no pharmacological treatment to stop people from trying to end their lives. However, there is medication that can treat the …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.