In this issue
The research paper: Psychosocial risk factors as they relate to coroner referred deaths in Australia, describes the methods and initial results of a pilot study conducted on deaths that occurred in 2017, focussing particularly on suicide accidental and drug-induced deaths.
The circumstances relating to suicide and drug deaths are complex. Existing mortality data captures information on the intent (accident, assault or self-harm) and mechanism of deaths, as well as information on associated causes such as drug or alcohol addictions, mental health conditions, chronic and terminal diseases. The risk factor pilot study has enabled additional information, including a past history of self-harm, relationship issues, legal issues, bereavement, unemployment, homelessness and disability, to be added to what's known about the circumstances of these deaths.
The ABS will work with stakeholders to refine study methods and further analyse results. It is hoped that insights provided by this study will assist those working in suicide research and prevention and can be embedded as part of future national mortality datasets.
· Care should be taken when reporting suicide deaths. Please refer to the Mindframe website for further guidance.
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