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Ethnicity and suicide risk: A population-based study from England

Alothman, Danah; Fogarty, Andrew; Tyrrell, Edward; Lewis, Sarah; Card, Timothy

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Danah Alothman

Clinical Associate Professor & Reader in Clinical Epidemiology

Clinical Associate Professor


Using multiple linked electronic health databases, we conducted a large case-control study in England from 2001 through 2019 to examine the association between ethnicity and suicide risk. Asian, Black and Other ethnic groups had a significantly lower suicide risk compared to White individuals, with those of Asian ethnicity having the lowest risk (Odds Ratio 0.53, 95% Confidence Interval 0.47–0.60). This ethnicity related suicide risk was significantly altered by socio-demographic characteristics. These factors can inform the assessment and stratification of suicide risk, as well as the targeting of public health measures designed to reduce suicide incidence.


Alothman, D., Fogarty, A., Tyrrell, E., Lewis, S., & Card, T. (2022). Ethnicity and suicide risk: A population-based study from England. Journal of Affective Disorders, 298(Part A), 555-557.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 14, 2021
Online Publication Date Nov 18, 2021
Publication Date Feb 1, 2022
Deposit Date Mar 1, 2022
Publicly Available Date Nov 19, 2022
Journal Journal of Affective Disorders
Print ISSN 0165-0327
Electronic ISSN 1573-2517
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 298
Issue Part A
Pages 555-557
Keywords Psychiatry and Mental health; Clinical Psychology
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