Journal article

Helping actions given and received in response to suicide risk: Findings from an Australian nationally representative telephone survey

Angela Nicholas, Jane Pirkis, Anthony Jorm, Matthew J Spittal, Nicola Reavley

SSM - Population Health | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2019


We conducted a nationally representative telephone survey of 3000 Australian adults. We assessed helping responses toward people in severe distress and experiencing suicidal thoughts by asking whether respondents had undertaken 15 specified helping actions (10 recommended and 5 non-recommended actions) to support such a person. We also asked respondents who had experienced suicidal ideation in the last 12 months whether the most helpful person at that time had undertaken the 15 specified helping actions. We weighted the data to represent the Australian adult population, calculated percentage frequencies for the helping actions and used logistic regression to analyse whether sociodemographic ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was funded by Beyond Blue, Australia. AJ, 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. The survey data collection was undertaken by Roy Morgan Research Ltd. With thanks to Charles Coulton from Whereto research for his contribution to the research design.