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24 Nov 2014

Suicide risk reduced after talk therapy, study suggests


Researchers from John Hopkins University tracked more than 5,000 Danish people who had attempted suicide and later received psychosocial counselling. They found suicides went down by 26% after five years, compared to people who had no therapy sessions.

The findings are published in Lancet Psychiatry. The participants in the study volunteered to have six to 10 talking therapy sessions at suicide prevention clinics in Denmark. Their outcomes were compared with around 17,000 people who had attempted suicide but had not gone for treatment afterwards. Participants were then followed up for up to 20 years.

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