Suicide attempters seeking treatment from the emergency department: the WHO START study

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Title Suicide attempters seeking treatment from the emergency department: the WHO START study
Author Milner, Allison Joy; De Leo, Diego; Kolves, Kairi; Gladman, Bev
Publication Title 4th Asia Pacific Regional Conference of the International Association for Suicide Prevention
Year Published 2010
Publisher International Association for Suicide Prevention
Abstract The World Health Organization Suicide Trends in At-Risk Territories (WHO-START) study is a cross-country project that aims to establish suicide research and prevention agenda within countries of the Western Pacific. In the Australian context, this involved implementing a recording system for non-fatal suicidal behaviours within hospital emergency departments. The aim of this presentation is to present the results of the monitoring study (component one) in two hospital campuses on the Gold Coast, Queensland. Records of non-fatal suicidal behaviours were identified through a search of Emergency Department Information System (EDIS). Data obtained from these files included age, gender, method of suicide, and date of presentation to the Emergency Department. This presentation will show the main characteristics of suicide cases, including age, gender and method of suicide. The WHO START study contributes to understandings of suicide in the Australian context as it provides information on those persons who actively seek treatment for non-fatal suicidal behaviours. The results of this study are important for the design of targeted suicide prevention as they demonstrate the main groups ‘at risk’ of non-fatal suicidal behaviours in Australia.
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Publisher URI http://www.iasp.info/congresses.php
Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the authors 2010. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. For information about this conference please refer to the conference’s website or contact the authors.
Conference name 4th Asia Pacific Regional Conference of the International Association for Suicide Prevention
Location Brisbane
Date From 2010-12-17
Date To 2010-12-20
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/37228
Date Accessioned 2011-01-18
Date Available 2012-02-10T01:01:42Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Mental Health
Publication Type Conference Publications (Extract Paper)
Publication Type Code e3

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