Coincident Deaths: Double Suicide or Murder-Suicide?

A retrospective review was undertaken in South Australia over an 11-year period, 1996-2007, of all multiple, unnatural deaths in adults looking for cases of double suicide & murder-suicide. 7 cases of double suicide involving 14 individuals (9 males, 5 females) & 8 murder-suicides involving 16 individuals (9 males, 7 females)were identified. While differentiating between the […]

Consumer Participation: Ensuring Suicide Postvention Research Counts for end Users

This article describes how consumers were included in the research process of a South Australian study into suicide postvention services, & illustrates important principles to consider when including consumers in research. A concurrent mixed-method approach facilitated the collection of mixed data through the application of questionnaires. Because of media releases, a large number of people […]

The Themes Expressed in Suicide Calls to a Telephone Help Line

The call sheets kept by counsellors on 409 suicide calls were content-analyzed, resulting in a reliable checklist comprising 9 major themes. The prevalence of these themes within the sample was then determined & age & gender differences in the themes expressed by 189 first-time callers were examined using logistic regression analysis. Almost equal numbers of […]

Suicidal Ideation: the Clinical Utility of the K10

This study examined the clinical utility of the Kessler K10 psychological distress score as an indicator of suicide ideation. Suicide ideation was assessed on the basis of 4 relevant questions in the General Health Questionnaire; these were subsequently analyzed against the K10 scores. Data were collected using a risk-factor surveillance system where each month a […]

An Approach to Rural Suicide

This thesis describes an approach to rural suicide which, while cognizant of the broad range of risk factors, was more directed to tackling poor mental health on a community basis, using local resources. It used four main approaches: educating the community to enhance mental health literacy by appreciating the causes of poor mental health; building […]

SA National Suicide Prevention Strategy. Community Initiatives

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SA National Suicide Prevention Strategy. Community Initiatives

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SA National Suicide Prevention Strategy. Community Initiatives Volume Three

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Characteristic Features of Suicidal Drownings: a 20-Year Study

A retrospective study of cases of drowning suicide was conducted in Adelaide, South Australia for the period April 1980-March 2000. A total of 123 cases were found, with 76 males & 47 females. Female victims were significantly older than male victims. Deaths in young women were rare. No temporal trend could be shown. Alcohol use […]

Have Broad-Based Community and Professional Education Programs Influenced Mental Health Literacy and Treatment Seeking of Those With Major Depression and Suicidal Ideation?

This naturalistic study conducted between 1998-2004 in a random & representative Australian population sample examined the changes in mental health literacy & treatment seeking of those with major depression, both with & without suicide ideation, & those who were neither depressed nor suicidal. Results indicated marked improvement in mental health literacy for all 3 groups, […]

Suicide Ideation and Behaviour in People With Pathological Gambling Attending a Treatment Service

The Themes Expressed in Suicide Calls to a Telephone Help Line

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Correlates and Predictors of Self-Reported Suicide Attempts Among Incarcerated Youths

The correlates & predictors of suicidal behaviours among 900 young offenders in detention centres in South Australia were investigated. Past suicide attempts were significantly predictive of future suicide attempts. Other variables both concurrently & prospectively associatied with suicidal behaviours were substance use, prolonged dysphoric mood, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder signs, & having a bad temper. […]

The Mental Health and Wellbeing of Children and Adolescents in Home-Based Foster Care

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South Australian Suicide Postvention Project Report to Mental Health Services Department of Health

SAAP Suicide Intervention Guidelines