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Perinatal suicide associated with depression diagnosis and absence of active treatment in 15-year UK national inquiry
  1. J Jo Kim,
  2. Richard K Silver
  1. Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, NorthShore University HealthSystem and University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Evanston, Illinois, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr J Jo Kim; jkim{at}

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ABSTRACT FROM: Khalifeh H, Hunt IM, Appleby L, et al. Suicide in perinatal and non-perinatal women in contact with psychiatric services: 15 year findings from a UK national inquiry. Lancet Psychiatry 2016;3(3):233–42.

What is already known on this topic

Perinatal suicide is a rare but tragic complication of pregnancy and childbirth with significant public health implications.1 Among women with psychiatric illness, prior research suggests that suicide risk may be increased as much as 70-fold if compared with the general population.2 Beyond this, little is known about risk factors for completed suicide among perinatal women and there is a lack of population-based research on this topic.

Methods of the study

The authors used 1997–2012 data from the UK National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness, which includes all suicides by people in the UK (age ≥10 years) who had been in contact with psychiatric services in the previous year. The study sample comprised all women who died by suicide in pregnancy …

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