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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,

Director of Research,

National Suicide Research Foundation, Cork

Sunday Independent