Journal article

Are young female suicides increasing? A comparison of sex-specific rates and characteristics of youth suicides in Australia over 2004-2014

Nina Stefanac, Sarah Hetrick, Carol Hulbert, Matthew J Spittal, Katrina Witt, Jo Robinson

BMC PUBLIC HEALTH | BMC | Published : 2019


BACKGROUND: Australian mortality statistics suggest that young female suicides have increased since 2004 in comparison to young males, a pattern documented across other Western high-income countries. This may indicate a need for more targeted and multifaceted youth suicide prevention efforts. However, sex-based time trends are yet to be tested empirically within a comprehensive Australian sample. The aim of this study was to examine changes over time in sex-based rates and characteristics of all suicides among young people in Australia (2004-2014). METHODS: National Coronial Information System and Australian Bureau of Statistics data provided annual suicide counts and rates for 10-24-year-ol..

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Awarded by American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Awarded by Australian Government

Funding Acknowledgements

Jo Robinson is supported by a NHMRC Career Development Fellowship. Sarah supported by an Auckland Medical Research Foundation Douglas Goodfellow Repatriation Fellowship. Katrina Witt is supported by a postdoctoral fellowship (PDF-0-145-16) awarded by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Matthew Spittal is a recipient of an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (FT180100075) funded by the Australian Government. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the funders. Funders had no role in study design, data collection, analysis of data, manuscript preparation, or the decision to publish.