Who Seeks Treatment Where? Suicidal Behaviors and Health Care: Evidence From a Community Survey

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Title Who Seeks Treatment Where? Suicidal Behaviors and Health Care: Evidence From a Community Survey
Author Milner, Allison Joy; De Leo, Diego
Journal Name Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
Year Published 2010
Place of publication United States
Publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Abstract The reason why some persons seek help following a suicide attempt while others do not is still insufficiently clarified. Using data from the World Health Organization/SUicide PREvention-Multisite Intervention Study on Suicidal Behavior community survey, this study tried to shed more light on this problem by investigating the type and number of treatments sought by suicide attempters in 2 major cities of Queensland, Australia. Compared with those who did not attend services (n = 142), help-seekers (n = 257) had significantly greater odds of overdosing with medications and communicating suicidal thoughts. They also had greater odds of reporting a history of psychological problems, previous attempts, and help-seeking behavior. Those who sought multiple services were more likely to be female and suffer also from physical illness. Non help-seekers were more frequently males, with no history of having previously sought help or communicated intent. They also appeared at greater risk of using more lethal methods (hanging) and less likely to express mental health concerns at the time of the attempt. These findings underline the need to further understand the relationship between lethality, suicide intent, and help-seeking behavior. Improving motivation to seek treatment after a suicide attempt could substantially impact on suicide prevention success efforts.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.jonmd.com
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/NMD.0b013e3181e07905
Copyright Statement Copyright 2010 LWW. This is a non-final version of an article published in final form in Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, Volume 198 - Issue 6 - pp 412-419. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal link for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 198
Issue Number 6
Page from 412
Page to 419
ISSN 0022-3018
Date Accessioned 2010-11-25
Date Available 2011-06-06T06:01:01Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Clinical Sciences
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/35296
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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