Murder-suicides in Elderly Rise
Husbands commit most murder-suicides -- without wives' consent.
Cohen urges adult children to come right out and ask a parent if he has
thought about suicide or homicide-suicide. "Don't worry about giving them
ideas," says Cohen. If the answer is yes, ask them about their plans. The
more detailed the plans are, the more likely they'll be carried through, she
If you believe there is a risk for homicide-suicide in your family, call a
suicide crisis center, a suicide hotline, a family physician, a psychiatric or
medical emergency room, or a community mental health center. And if there is a
gun in the house, remove it. Cohen notes that areas of the country where gun
laws are stricter, such as the northeast, have much lower homicide-suicide
rates than those where firearms are more easily available.
"People think about killing themselves or their partner for weeks,
months, even years," she says. "Be alert to signs of depression and get