Suicidal Behaviour Among Current and Former Peacekeepers
Maurizio Pompili(1,2), Ilaria Cuomo(1), Giovanni Dominici(1), Ilaria Falcone(1), Giulia Iacorossi(1), Arianna Saglimbene(1), David Lester(3), Roberto Tatarelli(1) and Stefano Ferracuti(1)
(1)Suicide Prevention Center, Dept. of Psychiatry, Sant’Andrea Hospital, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy; (2)McLean Hospital – Harvard Medical School, USA; (3)The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, USA
Suicide in the Military. Hauppauge, New York: Nova Science Publishers, 2009, 210 pages.
Suicidal behavior in peacekeepers is not well documented because only a few articles have investigated this field. These articles suggest that mental health problems represent the most important risk factor for suicide. The risk factors for suicide in peacekeepers can be divided into: (1) before deployment, such as parental psychosocial problems and negative life events, (2) during deployment, such as involuntary repatriation from service and exposure to combat, and (3) after peacekeeping service, such as PTSD and alcohol abuse. A good awareness of suicidal risk factors could help peacekeepers with their suicidal behaviour and permit planned suicidal prevention.