Building Healthy Communities Program Seminar Series, Suicide in the very old: The extremes of the gender paradox
Presented by Emeritus Prof Diego De Leo AO, DSc, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, Griffith University
Monday 26 June, 2017
In the western world, mood disorders are strongly associated with suicide deaths, particularly in late life. Compared to males who have the highest rates of suicide, rates of depression are consistently reported as higher in prevalence in female subjects of any age; however, with advancing age, suicide rates ratio between males and females increases further, the arms of the scissor reaching their maximum width in centenarians. Importantly, suicide rates among males continue to increase, while those of females generally tend to decline at very advanced age. Of course, this phenomenon varies with local cultures. This lecture will examine possible factors that differentiate age sub-groups, making suicide at a very advanced age a rather unique aggregation of existential difficulties, especially for older males. Loneliness, poor physical health, and financial insecurity are among those factors that may particularly differentiate males from female individuals. Suicide prevention in older adults should broaden its focus and pay attention to the many socio-environmental conditions that may be relevant in late life.
An initiative of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organization (WHO), the 15th Annual World Suicide Prevention Day occurs on Sunday, 10 September 2017. AISRAP is again contributing towards raising public awareness by hosting a 'World Suicide Prevention Day Community Forum' in Brisbane.
Since 2004, AISRAP has hosted and welcomed between 150-250 community members (both professionals in the field and those bereaved by suicide, or touched in some way by suicide) at this annual event. In line with the annual IASP WSPD theme, Take a minute, change a life AISRAP's forum will present expert speakers, a lived experience panel, a live webcast and a post event networking function as well as display tables for stakeholder exhibitions throughout the day.
We invite you to join us for a day of insightful, motivating and meaningful discussion...