Suicide rates are highest among the elderly yet research on suicide prevention in old age remains a much neglected area searches through various electronic databases yielded 19 studies with an empirical evaluation of a suicide prevention or intervention program designed especially for adults aged . Suicide is an important problem among older adults suicide rates are particularly high among older men centers for disease control and prevention 2014 fatal injury reports national and regional 1999 2014 preventing suicide in older adults. Injury prevention preventing suicide and depression in the elderly personal losses and medical conditions can lead to depression feelings of hopelessness and suicide this program teaches viewers to spot signs of depression and suicide and gives them techniques for primary prevention such as pet therapy social activities and volunteerism . Samhsa has a new resource to help address a misunderstood behavioral health issue among older adults suicide promoting emotional health and preventing suicide a toolkit for senior centers was released in september to coincide with national suicide prevention week its release comes at an important time as death by suicide is a growing public health concern. A timely and appropriate intervention can prevent suicide and addressing issues sooner rather than later often results in better treatment outcomes centers for disease control and prevention 2013 fatal injury reports retrieved april 2 substance abuse and mental health services administration 2013 older americans behavioral
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