The authors gratefully acknowledge the College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, the Australian National University, which funded this study through an early career fellowship support grant. P. Batterham is supported by National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship 1035262; A. Calear is funded by NHMRC Early Career Fellowship 1013199; and H. Christensen is funded by NHMRC Fellowship 525411.
Correlates of Suicide Stigma and Suicide Literacy in the Community
Article first published online: 5 APR 2013
© 2013 The American Association of Suicidology
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Volume 43, Issue 4, pages 406–417, August 2013
How to Cite
Batterham, P. J., Calear, A. L. and Christensen, H. (2013), Correlates of Suicide Stigma and Suicide Literacy in the Community. Suicide and Life-Threat Behavi, 43: 406–417. doi: 10.1111/sltb.12026
- Issue published online: 7 AUG 2013
- Article first published online: 5 APR 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 1 FEB 2013
- Manuscript Received: 16 DEC 2012
- National Health and Medical Research Council. Grant Number: 1035262
- NHMRC. Grant Numbers: 1013199, 525411
Public knowledge and attitudes toward suicide may influence help-seeking for suicidality. This study aimed to identify correlates of suicide attitudes and knowledge. Australian adults were invited to complete an online survey, with 1,286 responders. Less exposure to suicide, older age, male gender, less education, and culturally diverse backgrounds were associated with poorer knowledge; while younger age, male gender, and culturally diverse backgrounds were associated with more stigmatizing attitudes toward people who die by suicide. The results suggest suicide literacy and stigma reduction programs would benefit community members, particularly males and individuals from culturally diverse backgrounds.