Farewell to the world: Suicide notes from Turkey

DEMİREL B. , AKAR T. , Sayin A., CANDANSAYAR S. , Leenaars A. A.

SUICIDE AND LIFE-THREATENING BEHAVIOR, cilt.38, sa.1, ss.122-127, 2008 (SSCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 38 Konu: 1
  • Basım Tarihi: 2008
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1521/suli.2008.38.1.122
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.122-127


There has been limited study of suicide in Islamic countries. This paper marks the first study of suicide notes in Turkey, an Islamic country. Using a classification scheme, 49 suicide notes (a rate of 34.5%) were studied. The results show that note writers do not differ greatly from other suicides. Further analysis of younger (<40) and older (>40) suicide note writers reveal few significant differences. Our results, together with the results of classification studies in different countries, suggest that caution is in order in transposing findings from one country to other countries. Future study of suicide notes should, in fact, focus on cross-cultural investigation.