Forum: Suicide Watch

An expert tells what to look for in seniors at risk

Most of the media attention goes to youth suicide," says Dr. Herbert Hendin. "Yet the rates of suicide are much, much greater in people over 50 than in those under 50." Hendin, medical director of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in New York City and author of five books on the subject, tells TIME what telltale signs friends, colleagues and family members--especially spouses and children--can watch for, and what they can do to head off tragedies.

ARE THERE LIFE EVENTS THAT MAKE SENIORS MORE VULNERABLE TO SUICIDE?

Serious medical illness, a change in work where people retire at 65...

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