1 October 2020.

This review aims to support program design, review, and development of suicide prevention initiatives targeting men; specifically male veterans and defence force personnel, separated men, and men who have experienced sexual assault. It aims to address two questions for each group: a) What is known about the risk of suicide? and b) What programs or interventions have been effective in reducing the risk of suicide? The review found a higher risk of suicidal ideation, suicide attempts and suicide deaths in all groups but few prevention interventions targeting them. Further research is needed into how interactions with other factors (e.g. substance use, financial stress) contribute to this increased risk along with evaluation of implemented programs and research into the pathways to suicide by men in these groups.

Citation: King K, Nicholas A, Krysinska K, Ross A, Pirkis J: Suicide prevention for men: an Evidence Check rapid review brokered by the Sax Institute for the NSW Ministry of Health, 2020.

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