Year: 2010 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.40, no.6, (December 2010), p.587-596 SIEC No: 20110123

Relationships among attempted suicide, nonsuicidal self-harm, & physical assault were examined in 400 regular users of heroin &/or psychostimulants. 28% had episodes of nonsuicidal self-harm, 32% had attempted suicide, & 95% had been violently assaulted. The number of suicide attempts & nonsuicidal self-harm incidents were correlated. There were also significant correlations between the number of assaults & nonsuicidal self-harm incidents, & suicide attempts. The mean age onset for nonsuicidal self-harm was significantly younger than that of initial suicide. The age at initial physical assault was significantly younger than that of nonsuicidal self-harm & initial suicide attempt. Screening for all forms of violence appears warranted when determining suicide risk for this population. (47 refs.) JA

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