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Mental health
PTSD increases suicide risk in the community especially for young women from deprived communities
  1. Ioannis Angelakis1,
  2. Maria Panagioti2
  1. 1NIHR Greater Manchester Patient Safety Translational Research Centre, Division of Psychology and Mental Health, The University of Manchester Faculty of Biology Medicine and Mental Health, Manchester, Manchester, UK
  2. 2NIHR Greater Manchester Patient Safety Translational Research Centre, Division of Population Health, Health Services Research and Primary Care, The University of Manchester Faculty of Biology Medicine and Health, Manchester, Manchester, UK
  1. Correspondence to Maria Panagioti, Division of Population Health, Health Services Research and Primary Care, The University of Manchester Faculty of Biology Medicine and Health, Manchester, Manchester, UK; maria.panagioti{at}manchester.ac.uk

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Commentary on: Fox V, Dalman C, Dal H, Hollander AC, Kirkbride JB, Pitman A. Suicide risk in people with post-traumatic stress disorder: A cohort study of 3.1 million people in Sweden. J Affect Disord 2021;279:609-16.

Implications for practice and research

  • Previous suicide attempts as well as multiple traumas may play a role as precursors of suicides among people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and this needs additional research attention.

  • Timely diagnosis and treatment of PTSD is needed to prevent up to half of suicides in people with PTSD.

  • Health and care professionals should regularly assess suicide risk and coproduce safety plans for people with PTSD and especially for women living in deprived areas who have previously harmed themselves.

Context

The authors examined the relationship between post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and suicide in Sweden.1 Prior to this study, …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.