Journal article

The Burden Attributable to Mental and Substance Use Disorders as Risk Factors for Suicide: Findings from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010

Alize J Ferrari, Rosana E Norman, Greg Freedman, Amanda J Baxter, Jane E Pirkis, Meredith G Harris, Andrew Page, Emily Carnahan, Louisa Degenhardt, Theo Vos, Harvey A Whiteford

PLOS ONE | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2014

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 (GBD 2010) identified mental and substance use disorders as the 5th leading contributor of burden in 2010, measured by disability adjusted life years (DALYs). This estimate was incomplete as it excluded burden resulting from the increased risk of suicide captured elsewhere in GBD 2010's mutually exclusive list of diseases and injuries. Here, we estimate suicide DALYs attributable to mental and substance use disorders. METHODS: Relative-risk estimates of suicide due to mental and substance use disorders and the global prevalence of each disorder were used to estimate population attributable fractions. These were adjusted for global differenc..

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Funding Acknowledgements

AJF, AJB, MGH and HAW are associated with the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research which acquires funding from the Queensland Department of Health. REN, GF, EC and TV received funding for the Global Burden of Disease project from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. LD is supported by an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Principal Research Fellowship. The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of NSW is supported by funding from the Australian Government under the Substance Misuse Prevention and Service Improvements Grants Fund. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript