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August 3, 2005

Mental Illness and Violent DeathMajor Issues for Public Health

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Dr Cole is Contributing Editor (tbcole@bellsouth.net) and Dr Glass is Deputy Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2005;294(5):623-624. doi:10.1001/jama.294.5.623

Suicide and homicide are the fourth and fifth leading causes of death for persons aged 10 to 60 years in the United States.1 Suicide completion and homicide perpetration are associated with previous attempts at self-harm2 or violence toward others,3 and both of these predominant causes of violent death are associated with mental illness.

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