Motor vehicle suicide: Information from confirmed cases, Queensland, 1990 to 2007

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Title Motor vehicle suicide: Information from confirmed cases, Queensland, 1990 to 2007
Author Milner, Allison Joy; De Leo, Diego; Sveticic, Jerneja
Publication Title 4th Asia Pacific Regional Conference of the International Association for Suicide Prevention
Year Published 2010
Publisher International Association for Suicide Prevention
Abstract Around the world, a substantial proportion of car-crashes are recognised as 'hidden' suicides. A possible explanation for why some suicide victims choose this method is that it can be used to mask their suicidal intent. Consequently, one of problems with car-suicides is that cases can be easily mistaken as accidents. This presentation seeks to progress understandings of those who used a car to suicide, by drawing on information from over 40 confirmed cases. Data for the project is derived from the Queensland Suicide Register, which contains information from Psychological Autopsies with next-of-kin, as well as police, toxicology and post-mortem reports. Analysis focused on life circumstances and events preceding the death, physical and mental illnesses, past suicidality, and indication of suicide 'intent' (e.g., suicide notes or statements). Results showed that a large proportion of car suicides experienced a number of life events immediately prior to the death, including relationship conflict, legal or criminal issues, and financial problems. A substantial number of suicide cases also reported current or past treatment for mental illness. These exploratory results indicate the need to improve the recording systems of car suicides. A checklist, or 'grid', of risk factors for police and ambulance officers is proposed as one method through which the identification and recording of car-suicides can be improved.
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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/10072/37268
Date Accessioned 2011-01-18
Date Available 2012-02-10T03:52:40Z
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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