Journal article

High prevalence of health and social risk behaviours among men experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviour: The imperative to undertake holistic assessments

Gregory Armstrong, Tilahun Haregu, Eric D Caine, Jesse T Young, Matthew J Spittal, Anthony F Jorm

Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2020

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: We aimed to examine whether suicidal thoughts and behaviour were independently associated with a wide range of health and social risk behaviours. METHODS: We conducted cross-sectional analyses of data collected from 13,763 adult males who participated in The Australian Longitudinal Study on Male Health. We fit generalised linear models to estimate the relative risk of engaging in a range of health and social risk behaviours across several domains by suicidal thoughts and behaviour status. RESULTS: Men with recent suicidal ideation (relative risk range, 1.10-5.25) and lifetime suicide attempts (relative risk range, 1.10-7.65) had a higher risk of engaging in a broad range of health..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this article: The research on which this paper is based was conducted as part of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Male Health (Ten to Men) by G.A.. We are grateful to the Australian Government Department of Health for funding and to the boys and men who provided the survey data. Ten to Men is managed by the Australian Institute of Family Studies. Ten to Men research data is the intellectual property of the Commonwealth. Additionally, G.A. is funded by an Early Career Fellowship from the National Health and Medical Research Council (GNT1138096).