Diego De Leo

Summary

Affiliation: Griffith University
Country: Australia

Publications

  1. ncbi request reprint Struggling against suicide: the need for an integrative approach
    Diego De Leo
    Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, Griffith University, QLD, Australia
    Crisis 23:23-31. 2002
  2. ncbi request reprint Hanging, firearm, and non-domestic gas suicides among males: a comparative study
    Diego De Leo
    Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, Griffith University, Nathan, Queensland, Australia
    Aust N Z J Psychiatry 36:183-9. 2002
  3. ncbi request reprint Suicide and euthanasia in late life
    Diego De Leo
    Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
    Aging Clin Exp Res 15:99-110. 2003
  4. ncbi request reprint Trends in hanging and firearm suicide rates in Australia: substitution of method?
    Diego De Leo
    Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, Griffith University, Mt Gravatt, Queensland, Australia
    Suicide Life Threat Behav 33:151-64. 2003
  5. ncbi request reprint Definitions of suicidal behavior: lessons learned from the WHo/EURO multicentre Study
    D De Leo
    Australian Institute for Suicide Research, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia
    Crisis 27:4-15. 2006
  6. ncbi request reprint Suicide among the elderly: the long-term impact of a telephone support and assessment intervention in northern Italy
    Diego De Leo
    Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, Mt Gravatt Campus, Griffith University, 4111 Queensland, Australia
    Br J Psychiatry 181:226-9. 2002
  7. doi request reprint Suicidal behaviour by train collision in Queensland, 1990-2004
    Diego De Leo
    Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Suicide Prevention, Griffith University, Mount Gravatt Campus, QLD 4111, Australia
    Aust N Z J Psychiatry 42:772-9. 2008
  8. doi request reprint Suicidal behavior in the Western Pacific region: characteristics and trends
    Diego De Leo
    Griffith University, Mt Gravatt Campus, QLD 4111, Australia
    Suicide Life Threat Behav 39:72-81. 2009
  9. doi request reprint Fluctuations of suicidality in the aftermath of a marital separation: 6-month follow-up observations
    Kairi Kolves
    Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, National Centre of Excellence in Suicide Prevention, WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Suicide Prevention, Griffith University, Qld 4122, Australia
    J Affect Disord 142:256-63. 2012
  10. doi request reprint Who seeks treatment where? Suicidal behaviors and health care: evidence from a community survey
    Allison Milner
    Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Suicide Prevention, Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
    J Nerv Ment Dis 198:412-9. 2010

Detail Information

Publications56

  1. ncbi request reprint Struggling against suicide: the need for an integrative approach
    Diego De Leo
    Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, Griffith University, QLD, Australia
    Crisis 23:23-31. 2002
    ..The need for an integrative approach is evident today more than ever, and this fact calls for more concerted and coordinated, multidisciplinary approaches to suicide prevention...
  2. ncbi request reprint Hanging, firearm, and non-domestic gas suicides among males: a comparative study
    Diego De Leo
    Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, Griffith University, Nathan, Queensland, Australia
    Aust N Z J Psychiatry 36:183-9. 2002
    ..To identify characteristics that could distinguish males who completed suicide by hanging from males who completed suicide by firearms and non-domestic gas, and to suggest suicide prevention strategies targeted at hanging...
  3. ncbi request reprint Suicide and euthanasia in late life
    Diego De Leo
    Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
    Aging Clin Exp Res 15:99-110. 2003
    ..The main aspects associated with these controversial phenomena, particularly from a transcultural perspective, are reviewed in this article...
  4. ncbi request reprint Trends in hanging and firearm suicide rates in Australia: substitution of method?
    Diego De Leo
    Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, Griffith University, Mt Gravatt, Queensland, Australia
    Suicide Life Threat Behav 33:151-64. 2003
    ..The functioning and effect of social acceptability remains unclear, however. Intervention and prevention strategies should focus on challenging the social acceptability of hanging, especially among males aged 15 to 24 years...
  5. ncbi request reprint Definitions of suicidal behavior: lessons learned from the WHo/EURO multicentre Study
    D De Leo
    Australian Institute for Suicide Research, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia
    Crisis 27:4-15. 2006
    ..It describes the rationale for choosing the initial set of definitions within the study and the subsequent problems and developments. As a result, unifying terminologies are proposed...
  6. ncbi request reprint Suicide among the elderly: the long-term impact of a telephone support and assessment intervention in northern Italy
    Diego De Leo
    Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, Mt Gravatt Campus, Griffith University, 4111 Queensland, Australia
    Br J Psychiatry 181:226-9. 2002
    ..Previous short-term work reported fewer suicides among elderly users of a telephone helpline and emergency response service (the TeleHelp-TeleCheck Service)...
  7. doi request reprint Suicidal behaviour by train collision in Queensland, 1990-2004
    Diego De Leo
    Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Suicide Prevention, Griffith University, Mount Gravatt Campus, QLD 4111, Australia
    Aust N Z J Psychiatry 42:772-9. 2008
    ..A study on the incidence of suicide in the train system and a description of main characteristics of victims and attempters was commissioned by Queensland Rail in response to an apparent increase of suicide phenomena and their consequences...
  8. doi request reprint Suicidal behavior in the Western Pacific region: characteristics and trends
    Diego De Leo
    Griffith University, Mt Gravatt Campus, QLD 4111, Australia
    Suicide Life Threat Behav 39:72-81. 2009
    ..This ambitious project is expected to standardize data collection procedures and improve the knowledge cultural factors in suicide...
  9. doi request reprint Fluctuations of suicidality in the aftermath of a marital separation: 6-month follow-up observations
    Kairi Kolves
    Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, National Centre of Excellence in Suicide Prevention, WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Suicide Prevention, Griffith University, Qld 4122, Australia
    J Affect Disord 142:256-63. 2012
    ..There is a lack of understanding of how the changing nature of the separation process impacts on suicidality...
  10. doi request reprint Who seeks treatment where? Suicidal behaviors and health care: evidence from a community survey
    Allison Milner
    Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Suicide Prevention, Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
    J Nerv Ment Dis 198:412-9. 2010
    ..Improving motivation to seek treatment after a suicide attempt could substantially impact on suicide prevention success efforts...
  11. doi request reprint Suicide on railway networks: epidemiology, risk factors and prevention
    Karolina Krysinska
    Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Suicide Prevention, Griffith University, Mount Gravatt Campus, QLD 4111, Australia
    Aust N Z J Psychiatry 42:763-71. 2008
    ..Suicide by train involves emotional and financial costs to individuals and society as a whole. A combination of different strategies might significantly reduce its effect...
  12. doi request reprint Globalization and suicide: an ecological study across five regions of the world
    Allison Milner
    Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, Griffith University and WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Suicide Prevention, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
    Arch Suicide Res 16:238-49. 2012
    ..The effects of globalization could be determined by specific regional (i.e., cultural and societal) factors. Identification of these mediators might provide opportunities to protect countries from the adverse impacts of globalization...
  13. doi request reprint Suicide in selected occupations in Queensland: evidence from the State suicide register
    Kirsty Andersen
    Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, Griffith University, Mt Gravatt Campus, Qld 4122, Australia th edu au
    Aust N Z J Psychiatry 44:243-9. 2010
    ..Prior research has suggested an association between suicide and certain occupations. The aim of the present study was to report on suicide rates in selected occupations in Queensland (QLD)...
  14. doi request reprint Suicide of first-generation immigrants in Australia, 1974-2006
    Naoko Ide
    Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, National Centre of Excellence in Suicide Prevention, World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Suicide Prevention, Griffith University Mt Gravatt Campus, Mt Gravatt, QLD, 4122, Australia
    Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol 47:1917-27. 2012
    ..It also examined the associations between the suicide rates of immigrants from 23 selected countries of birth during 2001-2006, and in their home countries...
  15. doi request reprint Mental disorders and communication of intent to die in indigenous suicide cases, Queensland, Australia
    Diego De Leo
    Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Suicide Prevention, Griffith University, Mt Gravatt, Queensland, Australia
    Suicide Life Threat Behav 42:136-46. 2012
    ..The magnitude of these differences is remarkable, underscoring the need for culturally sensitive suicide prevention efforts...
  16. doi request reprint Separation as a suicide risk factor
    Marianne Wyder
    Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Suicide Prevention, Griffith University, Mt Gravatt Campus, Queensland 4111, Australia
    J Affect Disord 116:208-13. 2009
    ..However, in most countries divorce only happens once the process of separation has settled which, in most cases, occurs a long time after the initial break-up...
  17. doi request reprint Marital breakdown, shame, and suicidality in men: a direct link?
    Kairi Kolves
    Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Suicide Prevention, Brisbane QLD, Australia
    Suicide Life Threat Behav 41:149-59. 2011
    ..Our findings seem to indicate that separated males are more vulnerable to the experience of state shame in the context of separation, which might lead to the development of suicidality...
  18. doi request reprint The WHO/START Study: Promoting suicide prevention for a diverse range of cultural contexts
    Diego De Leo
    Griffith University, Mt Gravatt Campus, Qld 4122, Australia
    Suicide Life Threat Behav 40:99-106. 2010
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  19. doi request reprint Contacts with mental health services before suicide: a comparison of Indigenous with non-Indigenous Australians
    Jerneja Sveticic
    Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, Mt Gravatt Campus, Griffith University, Mt Gravatt QLD 4122, Australia
    Gen Hosp Psychiatry 34:185-91. 2012
    ..This study compared the prevalence of contacts with mental health services, types of services accessed and factors related to help-seeking behaviors by Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians...
  20. doi request reprint Socio-economic determinants of suicide: an ecological analysis of 35 countries
    Allison Milner
    Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Suicide Prevention, Griffith University, Brisbane, QLD, Australia
    Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol 47:19-27. 2012
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  21. doi request reprint Suicidal ideation and behaviour in the aftermath of marital separation: gender differences
    Kairi Kolves
    Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, Griffith University, Mt Gravatt, Qld 4122, Australia
    J Affect Disord 120:48-53. 2010
    ..The limited studies on the consequences of the separation process on suicidal behaviour seem to indicate that separated people are at increased risk of suicide...
  22. doi request reprint Non-fatal suicidal behaviour in Padua, Italy, in two different periods: 1992-1996 and 2002-2006
    K Kolves
    Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Suicide Prevention, Griffith University, Mt Gravatt Campus, Brisbane, Qld 4122, Australia
    Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol 46:805-11. 2011
    ..Present study aims to discover changes in non-fatal suicidal behaviour rates and characteristics by comparing hospital-admitted subjects in two study periods (1992-1996 and 2002-2006)...
  23. doi request reprint Suicide in Indigenous people in Queensland, Australia: trends and methods, 1994-2007
    Diego De Leo
    Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Suicide Prevention, 176 Messines Ridge Road, Mount Gravatt Campus, Griffith University, Mount Gravatt 4122 Queensland, Australia
    Aust N Z J Psychiatry 45:532-8. 2011
    ..In this paper we present trends and methods of Indigenous suicides based on the Queensland Suicide Register for the period 1994-2007...
  24. ncbi request reprint Lifetime risk of suicide ideation and attempts in an Australian community: prevalence, suicidal process, and help-seeking behaviour
    Diego De Leo
    Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, Griffith University, Mt Gravatt Campus, 4111 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
    J Affect Disord 86:215-24. 2005
    ..The feasibility of the different branches of the study was piloted in Queensland, Australia. This paper reports on the community survey component...
  25. doi request reprint Years lived with disability (YLDs) for 1160 sequelae of 289 diseases and injuries 1990-2010: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010
    Theo Vos
    School of Population Health, Brisbane, QLD, Australia
    Lancet 380:2163-96. 2012
    ..Neither effort quantified uncertainty in prevalence or years lived with disability (YLDs)...
  26. pmc Who uses firearms as a means of suicide? A population study exploring firearm accessibility and method choice
    Helen Klieve
    Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, National Centre of Excellence in Suicide Prevention, WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Suicide Prevention, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia
    BMC Med 7:52. 2009
    ..This study, accessing all cases of suicide 1997-2004, explores factors which may impact on the choice of firearms as a suicide method, including current licence possession and previous history of legal access...
  27. doi request reprint Anxiety disorders and suicidal behaviour: an update
    Jacinta Hawgood
    Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, Griffith University, World Collaborating Centre for Suicide Research and Training, Brisbane, Australia
    Curr Opin Psychiatry 21:51-64. 2008
    ..The secondary aim is to present critical comments on methodological issues, highlighting areas for future research...
  28. ncbi request reprint Social modeling in the transmission of suicidality
    Diego De Leo
    Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
    Crisis 29:11-9. 2008
    ..The potential impact of "containment" of information regarding suicidal behaviors as a prevention initiative is discussed, in light of information behavior principles of social marketing...
  29. ncbi request reprint Achieving standardised reporting of suicide in Australia: rationale and program for change
    Diego De Leo
    Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, Griffith University, Brisbane, QLD, Australia
    Med J Aust 192:452-6. 2010
    ..A systemic coordinated program should address current inaccuracies, and social stigma about suicide and self-harm must be tackled if widespread underreporting is to stop...
  30. ncbi request reprint Behind impulsive suicide attempts: indications from a community study
    Marianne Wyder
    Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Suicide Prevention, Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland 4111, Australia
    J Affect Disord 104:167-73. 2007
    ..However, knowledge of characteristics of impulsive attempters is still limited. The present study investigated some of these characteristics and aimed to identify the pattern (if any) of suicidal ideation before an impulsive attempt...
  31. doi request reprint Globalisation and suicide: an empirical investigation in 35 countries over the period 1980-2006
    Allison Milner
    Griffith University, Brisbane QLD 4011, Australia
    Health Place 17:996-1003. 2011
    ..Globalisation is mediated through a variety of flows including persons, information and ideas, capital, and goods. The process is increasingly recognised as a potential mediator of changes in attitudes and habits around the globe...
  32. doi request reprint Controlling firearms use in Australia: has the 1996 gun law reform produced the decrease in rates of suicide with this method?
    Helen Klieve
    Australian Institute of Suicide Research and Prevention, Griffith University, Mt Gravatt Campus, Brisbane, QLD 4111, Australia
    Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol 44:285-92. 2009
    ..Observed reductions in firearm suicides in Australia have been linked to the 1997 national firearms agreement (NFA) introduced following the 1996 Port Arthur massacre. The NFA placed strong access restrictions on firearms...
  33. doi request reprint Is suicide prevention properly taught in medical schools?
    Jacinta L Hawgood
    Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia
    Med Teach 30:287-95. 2008
    ..To determine the need and feasibility of developing a national suicide prevention (SP) curriculum for undergraduate medical students...
  34. ncbi request reprint Suicides in psychiatric in-patients: what are we doing wrong?
    Diego De Leo
    Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Suicide Prevention, Mt Gravatt Campus, Griffith University, Griffith, Qld 4122, Australia
    Epidemiol Psichiatr Soc 19:8-15. 2010
    ..The same holds true for the identifications of factors that may increase the risk for suicide. This editorial discusses current knowledge on this subject, proposing strategies that might improve prevention...
  35. doi request reprint Suicide in the absence of mental disorder? A review of psychological autopsy studies across countries
    Allison Milner
    Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, Griffith University, Mt Gravatt, Australia
    Int J Soc Psychiatry 59:545-54. 2013
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  36. ncbi request reprint Suicidal behavior by motor vehicle collision
    Dominique Murray
    Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, Griffith University, QLD, Australia
    Traffic Inj Prev 8:244-7. 2007
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  37. ncbi request reprint Suicide and deliberate self-harm in personality disorders
    Karolina Krysinska
    Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
    Curr Opin Psychiatry 19:95-101. 2006
    ..This article reviews literature published over the period January 2004-May 2005 on suicidal behaviour and self-harm in personality disorders...
  38. doi request reprint Suicides in older adults: A case-control psychological autopsy study in Australia
    Diego De Leo
    Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, National Centre of Excellence in Suicide Prevention World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Suicide Prevention, Griffith University, Australia Electronic address
    J Psychiatr Res 47:980-8. 2013
    ..The present study aims to analyse predicting factors of suicide among older adults compared to sudden death controls and middle-aged suicides...
  39. doi request reprint Natural disasters and suicidal behaviours: a systematic literature review
    Kairi Kolves
    Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, National Centre of Excellence in Suicide Prevention, World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Suicide Prevention, Griffith University, Mt Gravatt Campus, Qld 4122, Australia
    J Affect Disord 146:1-14. 2013
    ..The aim of the present review was to systematically analyse the existing literature on the potential impact of natural disasters on suicidal behaviours...
  40. pmc Suicides by persons reported as missing prior to death: a retrospective cohort study
    Jerneja Sveticic
    Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Suicide Prevention, National Centre of Excellence in Suicide Prevention, Griffith University, Mt Gravatt, Australia
    BMJ Open 2:e000607. 2012
    ..A first study to compare suicides by missing persons with other suicide cases...
  41. ncbi request reprint Telecommunication and suicide prevention: hopes and challenges for the new century
    Karolina E Krysinska
    Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia
    Omega (Westport) 55:237-53. 2007
    ..Future areas of research and development in the use of telecommunication media in prevention of suicide are discussed...
  42. ncbi request reprint Who are the kids who self-harm? An Australian self-report school survey
    Diego De Leo
    Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, Griffith University, Messines Ridge Road, Mt Gravatt, Queensland 4122, Australia
    Med J Aust 181:140-4. 2004
    ..To determine the prevalence and types of deliberate self-harm (DSH) in adolescents, and associated factors...
  43. ncbi request reprint Why people engage in parasuicide: a cross-cultural study of intentions
    Heidi Hjelmeland
    Department of Psychology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
    Suicide Life Threat Behav 32:380-93. 2002
    ..The findings from this study are likely to be generalizable to other settings and have implications for clinical practice...
  44. ncbi request reprint The association between life events and suicide intent in self-poisoners with and without a history of deliberate self-harm: a preliminary study
    Catherine Crane
    Centre for Suicide Research, University of Oxford Department of Psychiatry, Warneford Hospital, Oxford, UK
    Suicide Life Threat Behav 37:367-78. 2007
    ..The results provide preliminary evidence to suggest the presence of a suicidal process in women, in which the impact of negative life events on suicide intent diminishes across episodes...
  45. doi request reprint Deliberate self-harm within an international community sample of young people: comparative findings from the Child & Adolescent Self-harm in Europe (CASE) Study
    Nicola Madge
    School of Health Sciences and Social Care, Brunel University, Uxbridge, UK
    J Child Psychol Psychiatry 49:667-77. 2008
    ..Nonetheless, there is little reliable comparative international information on its extent or characteristics. We have conducted a seven-country comparative community study of deliberate self-harm among young people...
  46. ncbi request reprint Suicide attempts, plans, and ideation in culturally diverse sites: the WHO SUPRE-MISS community survey
    Jose M Bertolote
    Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
    Psychol Med 35:1457-65. 2005
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  47. ncbi request reprint Characteristics of attempted suicides seen in emergency-care settings of general hospitals in eight low- and middle-income countries
    Alexandra Fleischmann
    Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
    Psychol Med 35:1467-74. 2005
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  48. ncbi request reprint Why are we not getting any closer to preventing suicide?
    Diego De Leo
    Br J Psychiatry 181:372-4. 2002
  49. pmc Patient-doctor relationship: duet or duel? A physicians' perspective
    Aldo Mariotto
    Br J Gen Pract 52:855. 2002
  50. ncbi request reprint Impact of specialty on attitudes of Australian medical practitioners to end-of-life decisions
    Diego De Leo
    Med J Aust 189:349-50. 2008
  51. ncbi request reprint Personality disorders and self-perceived quality of life in an elderly psychiatric outpatient population
    Caterina Condello
    Psychogeriatric Service, University of Padua, c o Geriatric Hospital, Via Vendramini 7, I 35137 Padua, Italy
    Psychopathology 36:78-83. 2003
    ..While the VKP needs to be adapted to the application in the elderly, it does seem to be a particularly useful screening instrument...
  52. ncbi request reprint Critical issues in psychological autopsy studies
    Louise Pouliot
    University of Quebec at Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Suicide Life Threat Behav 36:491-510. 2006
    ..It is concluded that the validity and reliability of findings emerging from the use of this method of investigation would benefit from a standardization of its application...
  53. ncbi request reprint Suicide and mental disorders: do we know enough?
    Jose Manoel Bertolote
    Br J Psychiatry 183:382-3. 2003
  54. ncbi request reprint Psychiatric diagnoses and suicide: revisiting the evidence
    Jose Manoel Bertolote
    Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
    Crisis 25:147-55. 2004
    ..The key role of prevention and treatment of mental disorders in the prevention of suicide is widely acknowledged. Which specific disorders need to be targeted remains to be conclusively demonstrated...
  55. ncbi request reprint Suicide mortality data need revision
    Diego De Leo
    Med J Aust 186:157-8. 2007
  56. ncbi request reprint Pet therapy and institutionalized elderly: a study on 144 cognitively unimpaired subjects
    Giovanni Colombo
    Department of Neurosciences, University of Padua, Via Giustiniani, 2, 35100 Padua, Italy
    Arch Gerontol Geriatr 42:207-16. 2006
    ..This study reinforces the hypothesis that pet therapy may have a beneficial effect on the psychological well being of institutionalized elderly, in particular on aspects related to depressive symptoms and perception of quality of life...