1 October 2020.

This review aimed to provide a summary of suicide prevention programs/interventions targeting specific occupations and key enablers for their effectiveness. It aimed to identify which occupations in NSW have higher rates of suicide and prevention programs/interventions targeting these groups which of these have been effective in reducing suicide risk. Particularly high rates of suicide risk were found among farmers, construction workers, emergency services personnel, veterinarians, entertainers and artists, and those in the transport industry. However, evidence on the effectiveness of preventive programs/interventions targeting high risk occupations is limited. The review concludes that there is an urgent need for high quality research into the effectiveness of such programs/interventions to guide future government spending in this area.

Citation: Case R, Alabakis J, Bowles K-A, Smith K: Suicide prevention in high-risk occupations: an Evidence Check rapid review brokered by the Sax Institute (www.saxinstitute.org.au) for the NSW Ministry of Health, 2020.

Date of publication: June 2020