Suicide and drought in New South Wales, Australia, 1970-2007

Ivan Hanigan, Colin BUTLER, Philip Kokic, Michael Hutchison

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There is concern in Australia that droughts substantially increase the incidence of suicide in rural populations, particularly among male farmers and their families. We investigated this possibility for the state of New South Wales (NSW), Australia between 1970 and 2007, analyzing data on suicides with a previously established climatic drought index.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13950-13955
Number of pages6
JournalNational Academy of Sciences. Proceedings
Issue number35
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


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