Year: 2006 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.36, no.4, (August 2006), p.409-417 SIEC No: 20070373

This study examines whether availability of mental health resources in the county of residence is associated with subsequent suicidal behaviour after a previous suicide attempt. Among 10,922 individuals who attempted suicide in Colorado between 1998-2002, residence in a county that offered a minimum safety-net of mental health services significantly reduced the risk of suicidal behaviour for at least 1 year after the index attempt. Safety-net services included mental health treatment, crisis treatment, & case management. Results suggest one strategy for the prevention of suicidal behaviours that could inform state-level health policy development & resource allocation. (17 refs.)