Journal article

Confidence and Intentions to Help a Person at Risk of Suicide

Angela Nicholas, Jane Pirkis, Alyssia Rossetto, Anthony Jorm, Matthew Spittal, Nicola Reavley

SUICIDE AND LIFE-THREATENING BEHAVIOR | WILEY | Published : 2019

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: We aimed to identify Australian adults' current level of confidence and intentions to help a person close to them in distress or at risk of suicide to inform the content and targeting of suicide prevention messages aimed at family and friends of those at risk. METHODS: We conducted a nationally representative computer-assisted telephone survey of confidence and intentions to help someone in distress or at risk of suicide (n = 3,002). We used logistic regression to determine whether sociodemographic and exposure variables predicted confidence and intentions to help. RESULTS: Confidence to help was high. About half of the respondents had intentions inconsistent with best practice. L..

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