Advocates of the elderly want better interventions in mental health, after new research found that people over 65 years old are more likely to present a physical illness as a stressor before self-harm.
Meanwhile, those between the ages of 45 and 64 were likely to report the separation of relationships and financial problems as stressors.
The study, which analyzed three years of data on self-inflammatory cases at the Middlemore hospital, found that suicidal intent was also more common among the older demographics.
They also had lower survival rates in the 12 months after attempting self-determination.
Research abroad cited in the study found that older people had less attempts, before dying for suicide.
"International studies have estimated at least four suicide attempts for each late suicide, unlike 25 attempts per suicide in the younger populations," said the study.
One of the authors, the psychiatrist Gary Cheung, said that older people tend to be more determined when they tried to commit suicide.
"We have to deal with this group very carefully, self-harming an elderly person in an attempt at suicide until the contrary is verified, due to the high risk of self-determination in the very near future," he said.
Dr. Cheung said he would like to see a better selection when they present another treatment.
"Because physical illness is closely associated with self-harm and suicide, whether it is chronic pain or heart or respiratory diseases, so that an elderly person with a chronic disease should be routinely screened for depression," he said.
He said his previous investigation found a significant proportion of older people submitted to his GP within a month of killing.
"They go to their doctors, but often because of their physical problems, then how do we use it as an opportunity for intervention?"
The educator of age concern about abuse and neglect of the elderly Hanny Naus said that the investigation aimed at the need for better services to support the psychological and emotional needs of the elderly.
"If people are less capable of dating themselves, the chances of attending appointments or being part of groups, the barriers are greater, unless they are taken to these services or offered in homes," he said.
However, she said from the Age Concern experience: DHBs are less and less able to offer people those services in their own home.
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