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Table 1 Suicides in NI (2007–2009): by gender and the main parameters known to influence suicide

From: Patterns and predictors of help-seeking contacts with health services and general practitioner detection of suicidality prior to suicide: a cohort analysis of suicides occurring over a two-year period

  Males Females Persons
(N = 321) (N = 78) (N = 399)
% (95 % CI) % (95 % CI) % (95 % CI)
Proportion 80.45 (76.25, 84.07) 19.55 (15.93. 23.75)  
Age (mean & standard deviation)a 39.16 (16.21) 39.18 (16.57) 39.16 (16.27)
Age group less than 25 20.25 (16.19, 25.03) 21.79 (13.86, 32.56) 20.55 (16.85, 24.82)
 25–34 24.30 (19.90, 29.32) 15.38 (8.84, 25.43) 22.56 (18.70, 26.94)
 35–44 19.94 (15.90, 24.70) 28.21 (19.18, 39.41) 21.55 (17.78, 25.88)
 45–54 18.07 (14.21, 22.69) 20.51 (12.82, 31.16) 18.55 (15.02, 22.68)
 55–64 9.66 (6.86, 13.43) 5.13 (1.90, 13.14) 8.77 (6.36, 11.99)
 65 plus 7.79 (5.31, 11.29) 8.97 (4.27, 17.90) 8.02 (5.72, 11.13)
Living alone: yes 33.33 (28.36, 38.71) 21.79 (13.86, 32.56) 31.08 (26.71, 35.81)
In paid work: yes 66.04 (60.66, 71.04) 30.77 (21.37, 42.09) 59.16 (54.23, 63.89)
Social class:    
 Professional 5.68 (3.60, 8.85) 6.41 (2.64, 14.75) 5.82 (3.89, 8.62)
 Intermediate; semi-routine; routine 44.79 (39.40, 50.34) 24.36 (15.95, 35.33) 40.76 (36.00, 45.70)
 Other (including retired) 49.53 (44.02, 55.04) 69.23 (57.91, 78.63) 53.42 (48.46, 58.31)
Locale: Urban 39.88 (34.63, 45.36) 39.74 (29.32, 51.19) 39.85 (35.13, 44.76)
Large towns 32.09 (27.18, 37.42) 33.33 (23.60, 44.73) 32.33 (27.90, 37.10)
Small towns 6.54 (4.29, 17.90) 8.97 (4.27, 17.90) 7.02 (4.88, 9.99)
Rural 21.50 (17.32, 26.36) 17.95 (10.80, 28.32) 20.80 (17.08, 25.09)
Prior mental health diagnosis:    
 None 43.86 (38.17, 49.71) 30.43 (20.54, 42.54) 41.24 (36.20, 46.47)
 Common mental disorders 29.82 (24.77, 35.43) 44.93 (33.40, 57.03) 32.77 (28.06, 35.86)
 Severe mental illness 10.53 (7.44, 14.69) 17.39 (10.01, 28.50) 11.86 (8.87, 15.69)
 Alcohol/drugs related 15.79 (11.98, 20.53) 7.25 (2.98, 16.58) 14.12 (10.86, 18.18)
Previous attempts (one or more): yes 36.45 (31.34, 41.89) 53.85 (42.53, 64.78) 39.85 (35.14, 44.76)
  1. aNumbers represent mean age and standard deviation