Year: 2020 Source: Archives of Suicide Research. (2020). 24, S360-S379. DOI: 10.1080/13811118.2019.1578710 SIEC No: 20200618

The objectives of this study were to identify the gender-specific prevalence of suicide attempts among those with migraine and to examine what factors are associated with suicide attempts among migraineurs. This study was a nationally representative analysis of the 2012 Canadian Community Health Survey – Mental Health (CCHS-MH) with 21,744 respondents, of whom 2,223 had migraine. Bivariate and logistic regression analyses were conducted. Those with migraine had a much higher prevalence of ever attempting suicide than those without migraine (men: 7.5% vs 1.9%; women; 9.3% vs 2.7%, p < .001). Among migraineurs, the odds of suicide attempts were higher among poorer respondents, those in chronic pain and those with a history of childhood adversities, substance dependence and/or mental illness. Targeted outreach is needed to reduce suicidality in this vulnerable population.