Journal article

Suicide Clusters Among Top 10 High-Risk Occupations A Study From 2001 to 2016 in Australia

Lay San Too, Matthew J Spittal

Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2020

Abstract

A number of studies have demonstrated elevated risk of suicide in certain occupational groups. We seek to understand a possible new risk factor: suicide contagion, as demonstrated through a suicide cluster analysis. National-level coronial data and census population data were used for the study. We calculated suicide rates to identify "risky" occupations. SaTScan v9.4.1 was used to perform Poisson discrete scan statistic. Suicides occurring in arts and media professionals, construction, manufacturing, and skilled animal and horticultural workers seemed to cluster in time and/or space. Those working in construction settings were at risk of being in both time and space clusters.

Grants

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship


Awarded by Australian Research Council Future Fellowship - Australian Government


Funding Acknowledgements

L. S. T. is a recipient of a National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship (GNT1156849). M. J. S. is a recipient of an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (project number FT180100075) funded by the Australian Government.