Suicide facts need clarification
Sir --In Maeve Sheehan's article on suicide (Sunday Independent, April 17, 2011), she referred to five suicide clusters occurring, including one in which a group of 17 young men took their lives within 18 months of each other. For clarity, and lest the phrase "within 18 months of each other", cause any confusion, could I point out that these tragic deaths all occurred within an 18-month period.
The Suicide Support and Information System pilot study was commissioned to the National Suicide Research Foundation by the National Office for Suicide Prevention.
Dr Ella Arensman,