In this nationwide cohort study, an increased risk of mental and physical disorders, mortality, and adverse social events were noted among people bereaved by spousal suicide. Bereavement by suicide differed from bereavement by other manners of death. Surviving partners are affected on a broad range of mental, physical, and social health outcomes, suggesting a need for more proactive outreach. The findings have been published in JAMA Psychiatry.
The project was supported by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Danish Health Insurance Foundation.
- Bo Runeson, Centre for Psychiatry Research, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
- James M. Bolton, Department of Psychiatry, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
- Holly C. Wilcox, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
- Julie L Forman, Section of Biostatistics, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
- Jesper Krogh, Research Unit, Mental Health Centre Copenhagen, Denmark
- Katherine Shear, Columbia School of Social Work, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, New York
- Yeates Conwell, Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide, Department of Psychiatry, and Office for Aging, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, New York