Suicide prevention program for at-risk groups: Pointers from an epidemiological study

T. Maniam, Karuthan Chinna, C. H. Lim, A. B. Kadir, I. Nurashikin, A. A. Salina, Jeevitha Mariapun

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    Objectives: The aim of this paper is to identify at-risk groups for a focused suicide prevention program for Malaysia. Methods: Data from 20,552 persons aged 16. years and above (males 45.9%), was obtained using stratified, random sampling in a national survey of psychiatric morbidity using locally validated General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-28) which included questions on suicidal ideation. Results: The overall prevalence of suicidal ideation (SI) was 6.3%, CI 6.1-6.8 (n = 1288). Logistic regression analysis was performed with age, ethnicity, gender, urban/rural residence, age group, marital status, household income, type of household, presence of chronic pain, social dysfunction, somatic, anxiety or depressive symptoms, obesity, and chronic medical illnesses as independent variables. Only Insomnia, Religion, Marital Status, Depression, Social Dysfunction and Anxiety were seen to be significant predictors. Prevalence of SI was significantly higher among Indians (11.0%, CI 9.5-12.5), especially those of the Hindu faith (12.2%, CI 10.5-14.0), Chinese (9.7%, CI 8.8-10.7) and those having depressive symptoms. Conclusion: In a developing country with competing priorities, prudent allocation of resources requires focusing suicide prevention efforts on treating depression in vulnerable groups.

    Original languageEnglish
    JournalPreventive Medicine
    Volume57
    Issue numberSUPPL
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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    Suicidal Ideation
    Suicide
    Epidemiologic Studies
    Depression
    Marital Status
    Anxiety
    Resource Allocation
    Malaysia
    Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders
    Religion
    Chronic Pain
    Developing Countries
    Psychiatry
    Chronic Disease
    Age Groups
    Obesity
    Logistic Models
    Regression Analysis
    Morbidity
    Health

    Keywords

    • Malaysia
    • Race
    • Religion
    • Suicidal ideation
    • Suicide prevention

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
    • Epidemiology

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    Maniam, T., Chinna, K., Lim, C. H., Kadir, A. B., Nurashikin, I., Salina, A. A., & Mariapun, J. (2013). Suicide prevention program for at-risk groups: Pointers from an epidemiological study. Preventive Medicine, 57(SUPPL). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2013.02.022

    Suicide prevention program for at-risk groups : Pointers from an epidemiological study. / Maniam, T.; Chinna, Karuthan; Lim, C. H.; Kadir, A. B.; Nurashikin, I.; Salina, A. A.; Mariapun, Jeevitha.

    In: Preventive Medicine, Vol. 57, No. SUPPL, 2013.

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    Maniam, T, Chinna, K, Lim, CH, Kadir, AB, Nurashikin, I, Salina, AA & Mariapun, J 2013, 'Suicide prevention program for at-risk groups: Pointers from an epidemiological study', Preventive Medicine, vol. 57, no. SUPPL. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2013.02.022
    Maniam, T. ; Chinna, Karuthan ; Lim, C. H. ; Kadir, A. B. ; Nurashikin, I. ; Salina, A. A. ; Mariapun, Jeevitha. / Suicide prevention program for at-risk groups : Pointers from an epidemiological study. In: Preventive Medicine. 2013 ; Vol. 57, No. SUPPL.
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