Journal article

Prevalence and predictors of suicidal thoughts and behaviours among Australian police and emergency services employees

Michael J Kyron, Wavne Rikkers, Andrew C Page, Patrice O'Brien, Jennifer Bartlett, Anthony LaMontagne, David Lawrence

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


OBJECTIVE: This study presents rates of suicide thoughts and behaviours of police and emergency services personnel around Australia. In addition, it examines personal (i.e. mental health, substance use) and working environment risk and protective factors. METHOD: A stratified random sample of personnel from 33 Australian emergency services organisations were invited to participate in a mental health and wellbeing survey. In total, 14,868 Australian ambulance, fire and rescue, police and state emergency services employees participated and self-reported any suicidal thoughts, plans and/or attempts in the 12 months prior to the survey or at any stage in their life. Logistic regressions assessed..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this article: This study was funded by Beyond Blue and the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre.