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Commentary on: Richardson C, Robb KA, O’Connor RC. A systematic review of suicidal behaviour in men: a narrative synthesis of risk factors. Soc Sci Med 2021;276:113831. DOI:10.1016/j.socscimed.2021.113831
Implications for practice and research
When assessing suicide risk in men, clinicians should particularly focus on alcohol/drug use, marital status and mental health.
Future research should focus on low/middle-income countries (LMIC).
There is a need for further prospective studies which investigate psychological factors which predict suicide risk.
There are 700 000 deaths worldwide each year due to suicide, and due to sensitivities around reporting suicide deaths, the true figure could be higher.1 The risk of suicide is higher in men internationally, with the global age-standardised suicide rate 2.3 that of women.1 However, despite decades of suicide research, our ability to predict who will die by suicide is no better than chance,2 demonstrating a continuing need for better understanding in this …