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Understanding the Mediators of Suicide and Suicide Attempt Risk after Suicide Bereavement in the Danish Population

2018 Standard Research Grant

Amount Awarded: $99,819

Focus Areas: , Loss Survivor Studies

Alexandra Pitman, PhD

Alexandra Pitman, Ph.D.

University College London

Inside the Research

Question: What are the mental health outcomes for relatives and partners who experienced a death of family or partner by suicide?

Strategy: A longitudinal, population-based study of relatives and cohabitees who have experienced the death of someone by suicide in a representative sample from the Danish registry of over 77,000 individuals bereaved by suicide in comparison with those who experienced a death by other causes and a group who did not experience a recent death will be conducted. Records will be reviewed for hospital-diagnosed cases of PTSD and depression, self-harm, suicide, healthcare use, and prescription of  antidepressants to understand the impact of suicide.

Impact: Information for the development of post-suicide interventions.