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Commentary on: Howarth EJ, O’Connor DB, Panagioti M, et al. Are stressful life events prospectively associated with increased suicidal ideation and behaviour? A systematic review and meta-analysis. J Affect Disord. 2020;266:731–42. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2020.01.171.
Implications for practice and research
Practitioners need to explore non-traumatic stressful life events in order to identify ways to enhance individual resilience and coping strategies.
Future narrative research is required to explore the different types of stressful life events and how these impact on individuals and wider society.
Suicide is a leading cause of death worldwide, and it has devastating effects on families, friends and the professionals who work with suicide victims.1 As such, it is a highly researched area. The review highlights that for every suicide, there are many more who attempt or think about suicide.2 Therefore, it is important to understand the risk factors and …
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