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The ‘Operationalized Predicaments of Suicide' (OPS) applied to Northern Territory coroners' reports

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The ‘Operationalized Predicaments of Suicide' (OPS) applied to Northern Territory coroners' reports

by Pridmore S, Kuipers P, Appleton J

Journal article
Year 2013
Journal Asian Journal of Psychiatry
Volume 6
Issue 3
Page 214–217

Abstract adapted from Asian Journal of Psychiatry

Social and environmental stressors are important triggers of suicide in the Northern Territory and are more often the suicide trigger in Indigenous community suicide compared to non-Indigenous community suicide. This article aims to apply the 'Operationalized Predicaments of Suicide' (OPS) to coroners' reports with a view to classifying the drivers and triggers of suicide in the Northern Territory (Australia) for the years July 2000 - December 2010, with attention to the total population, and to a comparison of suicide triggers for the Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.

Some highlights of the findings:

  • both mental disorder and social factors are independently capable of triggering suicide
  • for the whole sample 20% were triggered by mental disorder, 58% by social factors
  • non-Indigenous people were over represented in the mental disorder trigger category
  • Indigenous people were over represented in the social trigger category.

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