Year: 1999 Source: National Conference of Suicide Prevention Australia, (6th: 1999: Melbourne), p.31 SIEC No: 20010197

This presentation discussed a study which examined reasons for choosing not to commit suicide as a function of residential population. The study involved 655 Victorian residents from 4 population-based strata: urban, regional city, regional town, & rural. Results from the Reason for Living Invetory revealed significant differences as a function of residential population. Overall, residents in rural locations reported having significantly more to live for than their urban counterparts. Findings are a direct contrast to the increase in completed suicide rates in rural areas & highlight the need for a greater understanding of the mechanisms underlying suicidal behaviours.