Year: 2013 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior.(2011).41(1):79Ð86.DOI: 10.1111/j.1943-278X.2010.00013.x SIEC No: 20130540

We conducted a cross-sectional, random-digit-dial survey to evaluate public responses to a hypothetical question: ÒIf someone you knew was suicidal, what would you do first?Ó Younger people were more likely to call a suicide hotline, and less likely to go to an emergency room (ER) or call 911; immigrants (in the U.S. <15 years) were more likely to call 911, and less likely to call a suicide hotline; African Americans were more likely to go to the ER and call 911; Hispanics were more likely to call 911 but less likely to call a suicide hotline. These results suggest that public messages about hotlines and emergency options for suicidal patients need to be tailored to relevant population characteristics including age, education, ethnicity, and language preferences.

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