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Childhood abuse increases risk of adult suicide, finds research

Largest study of its kind shows ‘devastating’ impact of sexual, physical and emotional abuse

Experts said the findings confirmed the “devastating effects” of child abuse on mental wellbeing, while one suicide charity said 70% of people who had either tried to take their own life or who had thought about it had been abused.

People who were sexually abused as a child were three times more likely than others to try to kill themselves, according to the new study in Psychological Medicine.

People who were either physically or emotionally abused or neglected in childhood were two and a half times more likely to try to end their lives.

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