Year: 2013 Source: Social Psychiatry And Psychiatric Epidemiology.(2011).46(11):1133-41.DOI:10.1007/s00127-010-0280-5 SIEC No: 20130120

Introduction This paper explores the association between suicidal behavior and immigrant status among Israeli residents from the former USSR (FSU). Method The Israeli component of the World Mental Health Survey (INHS) provided information on suicide ideations, plans and attempts. The INHS samples included Israel-born Jews (n = 2,114) and post-1990 immigrants from the FSU (n = 814). Data on completed suicide were extracted from the countrywide report of the Ministry of Health. Results The controlled lifetime rates of suicidal behavior among FSU immigrants were significantly higher than among their Israel-born counterparts. A higher risk was found in the first years following immigration among young adults with higher education and without a spouse. Completed suicide rates were higher among the FSU immigrants than in the general Israeli population with the largest risk among young-adult immigrant men. Discussion The findings are consistent with previous studies and are discussed in the context of both suicide rates in the country of origin and migratory stressors. Preventive measures are suggested.