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Suicide in shooting galleries


Mackay-Smith, M and Ahmadi, J and Pridmore, S, Suicide in shooting galleries, ASEAN Journal of Psychiatry, 16, (1) pp. 50-56. ISSN 2231-7805 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Aim: To better understand the mental state of people who complete suicide in shooting ranges/galleries.

Method: The public record was searched via the web using various search engines and the words "suicide shooting gallery" and "suicide shooting range". When names of individuals appeared, they were used to further search for information about the event, paying particular attention to any evidence suggesting the presence of mental disorder.

Results: Twenty-two cases were located. Nineteen (83%) were male and the average age was 36 years, with a range from 21 to 75 years. We present 6 case vignettes: in 3 there was evidence of mental disorder, while in the other 3 there was no evidence of mental disorder.

Conclusion: Like the people who complete suicide in other locations, some of the people who complete suicide in shooting ranges/galleries are suffering from mental disorder, while some are not, and other triggers are present.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:suicide, suicide prevention, mental disorder
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Mackay-Smith, M (Ms Matilda Mackay-Sim)
UTAS Author:Pridmore, S (Professor Saxby Pridmore)
ID Code:97990
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2015-01-27
Last Modified:2017-11-06

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