Researchers at John Hopkins University, U.S have recently published their findings from an in-depth study, which shows the impact of talking therapy on more than 5,000 people who previously attempted suicide.
The findings – published in Lancet Psychiatry – reveal that following regular sessions of psychosocial counselling over a period of five years, suicides fell by 26%, compared to people who received no therapy.
The study participants – who were all based in Denmark – volunteered to undergo six to 10 sessions of therapy at local suicide prevention units.
The outcomes of their treatment was measured against 17,000 people who had attempted suicide but had not gone for counselling afterwards.
For over 20 years the participants were followed up to establish how the therapy impacted them long-term.
During the first year of therapy, it was found that 27% of participants were less likely to attempt suicide again while 38% were less likely to die of any cause.