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CARBONI, Caroline  and  SCHLOSSER, Adriano. Incidence of consummate suicide in Midwest cities of Santa Catarina, Brazil. Bol. - Acad. Paul. Psicol. [online]. 2020, vol.40, n.99, pp.216-226. ISSN 1415-711X.

The objective of this study was to identify the incidence of consummate suicide and the characteristics of individuals who committed suicide in 9 municipalities in the Midwest region of Santa Catarina, Brazil (Videira, Arroio Trinta, Fraiburgo, Ibiam, Iomerê, Pinheiro Preto, Monte Carlo, Salto Veloso and Tangará) between January 2014 and July 2019, in order to trace the epidemiological profile of victims in the area. From the data available at the Videira General Institute of Forensics, the following results were obtained: 71 suicides occurred in the region, ranging from 10 to 15 annual deaths, with 2014 and 2017 being the years with the highest records. The highest number of suicides is among the male, adult, married and with incomplete elementary school education. Among men, the most affected age group was between 20 and 39 years old and among women it was between 40 and 59 years old. Hanging was the most frequent cause of suicide in the overall sample, followed by firearms (among men) and exogenous intoxication (among women). The months with the most occurrences recorded were April and July. It was not identified, based on the frequencies, a direct relationship between alcohol, drug or medication intake at the time of suicide. Videira accounted for 52% of all suicide deaths in the region, followed by the municipality of Fraiburgo, with 25%.

Keywords : suicide; epidemiology; mortality.

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