Anticipation of total solar eclipse and suicide incidence

Martin Voracek, Elmars Rancans, Mona Vintilǎ, Maryanne Fisher

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Around the total solar eclipse of August 11 1999, suicide incidence decreased in Timiş county, Romania, a region crossed by the path of totality and subject to eclipse-trekking, whereas no such decrease was observed in Latvia, where only a partial eclipse was observed. Collective anticipation of a positive event could have a preventive effect on suicide incidence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-159
Number of pages3
JournalPsychiatria Danubina
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2004


  • Social cohesion
  • Solar eclipse
  • Suicide

Field of Science*

  • 3.2 Clinical medicine
  • 3.3 Health sciences

Publication Type*

  • 1.1. Scientific article indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database


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