Has the Suicide Rate Risen with the 2011 Queensland Floods?
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This study compared the prevalence and characteristics of suicides following the January 2011 Queensland floods to the 11 years prior (for the period January-June) for two severely affected locations: Ipswich and Toowoomba. Findings showed no significant increase in suicide rates during the 6 months after the floods. This may be explained by the elevated level of social support and care available in this period, which protected residents against risk factors for suicide. Nonetheless, the floods may have a delayed effect on suicide mortality. This highlights the importance of continued monitoring of suicidal behaviors and providing support to the people affected.
Journal of Loss and Trauma
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