Suicide in Flanders, Belgium, after terrorist attacks

Roel Van Overmeire, Yori Gidron, Stefaan Six, Reginald Deschepper, Marie Vandekerckhove, Johan Bilsen

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Little is known about the association between terrorism and suicide. This study investigates suicide numbers in Flanders, Belgium before and after the Paris-attacks (13/11/2015) and Brussels-attacks (22/03/2016). Population mortality data for suicide were gathered from the Agency for healthcare. Suicides in Flanders, Belgium, were higher after both attacks. The increase was higher after the Paris-attacks, compared to the attacks in Brussels, Belgium. The effect of a close-by, but still foreign attack (the Paris-attacks in France) on suicide numbers is larger than that of an attack inside the country (the Brussels-attacks), possibly due to a difference in threat experience and coping possibilities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1507-1513
Number of pages7
JournalPsychology, Health and Medicine
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Terrorism
  • epidemiology
  • stress
  • suicide
  • traumatic stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology


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