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Effect of a Suicide Prevention Centre for young people with suicidal behaviour in Copenhagen

Elsevier SAS
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DOI: 10.1016/j.eurpsy.2004.09.019
  • Suicide
  • Prevention
  • Mortality
  • Suicide Attempt
  • Treatment
  • Design
  • Psychology


Abstract Background. – In the 1980s, suicide rates in Denmark were among the highest in the world. In 1992, a Suicide Prevention Centre was opened in Copenhagen with a 2-week programme of social and psychological treatment. The aim of the study was to evaluate the effect of the Suicide Prevention Centre. Methods. – In a quasi-experimental study, 362 patients in the Suicide Prevention Centre and a parallel comparison group of 39 patients were interviewed with European Parasuicide Study Interviewer Schedule I (EPSIS I), which is a comprehensive interview including several validated scales. All patients were invited to follow-up interviews with EPSIS II and followed in the National Patients Register and the Cause of Death Register. Results. – At the 1-year follow-up, 59% of patients in the intervention group and 53% of patients in the comparison groups were interviewed with EPSIS II. The intervention group obtained a significantly greater improvement in Beck’s Depression Inventory, Hopelessness Scale, Rosenberg’s Self-Esteem Scale and CAGE-score and a significantly lower repetition rate. Discussion. – Although the design cannot exclude selection bias, it seems likely that the improvement in the intervention group was facilitated by the treatment.

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