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Table 1 Comparison of young adults (18–39 yrs old) and older adults (40 yrs and above) who attempted suicide (Sentinelle network, France, N= 270)

From: Particular difficulties faced by GPs with young adults who will attempt suicide: a cross-sectional study

  18-39 years old >= 40 years old Chi2 test p
  N=106 N=164  
  N (%) N (%)  
Demographics N (%)    
female 60 (56.6) 99 (60.4) ns
male 45 (42.5) 63 (38.4)  
Time of the last consultation N (%)    0.02
< 1 week 25 (23.6) 41 (25.0)  
1-4 weeks 27 (25.5) 65 (39.6)  
1-6 months 32 (30.2) 43 (26.2)  
> 6 months 19 (17.9) 11 (6.7)  
Unknown 3 (2.8) 4 (2.4)  
Suicidal ideas expressed at the last consultation N (%) 12 (11.3) 35 (21.9) 0.03
Recognition by the GP of psychological difficulties in the last year N (%)    
Depression 42 (42.0) 97 (63.4) 0.001
Psychological difficulties 71 (68.3) 112 (74.7) ns
GP’s management in the last three months (%)    
Psychological support 39 (37.5) 80 (53.0) 0.02
Antidepressant prescription 30 (28.6) 85 (54.8) <0.001
Other psychotropic drugs prescription 41 (39.1) 83 (52.9) 0.03
Attempt to referral to a mental health specialist 34 (33.3) 70 (45.5) 0.05
Parallel care with a psychiatrist 33 (32.7) 64 (40.5) ns
Parallel care with a psychologist 22 (21.6) 28 (17.4) ns