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Online assessment of suicide stigma, literacy and effect in Australia's rural farming community

Kennedy, Alison J, Brumby, Susan A, Versace, Vincent Lawrence and Brumby-Rendell, Tristan 2018, Online assessment of suicide stigma, literacy and effect in Australia's rural farming community, BMC public health, vol. 18, pp. 1-12, doi: 10.1186/s12889-018-5750-9.

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Title Online assessment of suicide stigma, literacy and effect in Australia's rural farming community
Author(s) Kennedy, Alison J
Brumby, Susan AORCID iD for Brumby, Susan A orcid.org/0000-0001-6332-3374
Versace, Vincent LawrenceORCID iD for Versace, Vincent Lawrence orcid.org/0000-0002-8514-1763
Brumby-Rendell, Tristan
Journal name BMC public health
Volume number 18
Article ID 846
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Publisher BioMed Central
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2018-07-06
ISSN 1471-2458
Keyword(s) suicide stigma
suicide literacy
suicide effect
Australia
farmer health
rural health
mixed method research
digital intervention
science & technology
life sciences & biomedicine
public, environmental & occupational health
Summary BACKGROUND: In Australia, farming populations have been identified as having higher rates of suicide, in comparison to metropolitan, rural and regional communities. The reasons for this are unclear although stigma is considered a risk factor. This study was designed to understand the role of suicide stigma and suicide literacy and the relationship between these.

METHODS: A mixed-methods online intervention was developed. This paper reports on baseline quantitative data (suicide stigma, suicide literacy and suicide effect) collected from male and female rural Australian participants (N = 536) with an experience of suicide.

RESULTS: When compared with previous Australian community samples, our sample demonstrated higher levels of stigma and higher levels of suicide literacy. Males were more likely to have considered suicide than females. Females were more likely than males to report a devastating and ongoing effect of suicide bereavement, but less likely than a previous Australian community sample.

CONCLUSION: Results of this study reiterate the need for improved understanding of the risk factors and experience of suicide within the context of life and work in rural Australian farming communities and how 'best practice' can be adapted to improve stigma reduction and suicide prevention efforts.
Language eng
DOI 10.1186/s12889-018-5750-9
Field of Research 1117 Public Health And Health Services
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2018, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30111444

Document type: Journal Article
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