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Table 2 Comparison of characteristics by region for 2007-NSMHWB and ARMHS samples

From: Determinants of suicidal ideation and suicide attempts: parallel cross-sectional analyses examining geographical location

Characteristic Category 2007-NSMHWB raw % ARMHS raw % ARMHS back-weighted %
Major cities n = 5388 Inner regional n = 1943 Other n = 1132 Inner regional n = 251 Other n = 383 Inner regional n = 251 (99% CI) Other n = 383 (99% CI)
Age in years 18-44 51 40 43 24 20 17 (9, 25) 21 (14, 28)
45-64 28 34 32 54 54 50 (39, 62) 47 (38, 56)
65-85 21 26 26 22 26 32 (21, 43) 32 (23, 40)
Gender Female 55 54 55 59 62 57 (45, 68) 57 (48, 65)
Marital status Married 46 51 47 63 64 69 (58, 79) 71 (63, 78)
Level of education University degree 40 27 23 26 17 23 (13, 32) 18 (11, 24)
Employment status Employed 64 59 59 50 55 49 (37, 61) 57 (48, 66)
Unemployed 2.2 1.7 3.2 3.6 2.6 2.6 (0, 5.6) 1 (0.1, 1.8)
Not in workforce 34 39 38 46 42 49 (37, 60) 42 (33, 51)
Financial adversity Low 86 86 84 68 69 73 (63, 83) 79 (73, 86)
Moderate 11 12 14 23 22 21 (11, 31) 15 (9, 21)
High 2.2 2.7 2.3 8.6 8.5 5.5 (1.7, 9.4) 5.9 (2.2, 9.6)
Smoking (current status) Yes 21 23 25 17 19 17 (8, 26) 14 (8, 20)
Chronic diseases (self-reported number) 0 69 60 63 56 56 56 (44, 68) 57 (48, 66)
1 22 27 26 35 32 34 (23, 45) 32 (23, 40)
2+ 9.0 12 11 9.2 12 9.7 (2.8, 16.7) 12 (6, 17)
Any affective disorder Lifetime 15 15 16 26 20 18 (11, 25) 13 (8, 18)
12-month 6.0 5.8 6.0 16 9.9 7.7 (5.3, 10.1) 5.6 (3.1, 8)
Any anxiety disorder Lifetime 26 26 27 45 39 39 (28, 50) 27 (20, 34)
12 month 14 13 14 31 23 22 (13, 30) 13 (8, 17)
Any substance use disorder Lifetime 23 25 30 23 26 20 (11, 29) 20 (14, 27)
12-month 4.7 4.1 4.6 3.2 2.9 3.3 (0, 7.2) 1.4 (0.3, 2.5)
Any psychiatric disorder Lifetime 51 55 55 65 64 56 (44, 67) 50 (41, 58)
Any psychiatric disorder 12-month 23 23 23 39 37 29 (19, 38) 21 (15, 26)
Two or more psychiatric disorders (comorbidity) Yes 27 27 28 44 37 35 (25, 46) 25 (18, 31)
Any professional mental health service use¥ Yes 15 13 12 26 25 18 (11, 24) 19 (13, 24)
Did not get enough help§ Yes 19 14 18 38 37 31 (0, 65) 26 (3, 50)
  1. NSMHWB: National Survey of Mental Health and Well-being; ARMHS: Australian Rural Mental Health Study, raw percentages and back-weighted for K10 stratification; see Additional file 1: Table S1 for cell sizes; CI: Confidence Intervals. ¥ Past 12 months; § Consulted a Mental Health professional in last 12 months and did not get enough help/info as needed. Assessments were based on WMH-CIDI-3.0: World Mental Health Composite International Diagnostic Interview version 3.0.