Journal article

Exposure to suicide in Australia: A representative random digit dial study

Myfanwy Maple, Rebecca Sanford, Jane Pirkis, Nicola Reavley, Angela Nicholas



BACKGROUND: Exposure to the suicide death of another may lead to distress and increase the risk of suicide in those connected to the deceased. Yet, the extent of this exposure across the population is ill-defined. This paper utilises representative data to quantify the extent of exposure to suicide in the Australian community and the reported effect of this exposure. METHODS: A random digit dial, computer-assisted telephone interview survey was undertaken to understand how Australian's may assist someone in severe distress or at risk of suicide. Embedded within this survey were questions on exposure to suicide and the impact of this exposure. RESULTS: Among a representative sample of 3002 Au..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by Beyond Blue, Australia. JP and NR are supported by National Health and Medical Research Council Fellowships. AN is supported through an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship (National Health and Medical Research Council) and an Australian Rotary Health Ian Scott PhD scholarship.