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Use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and suicidal ideation: findings from the 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing

Jane E Pirkis, Philip M Burgess, Amy K Johnston and Harvey A Whiteford
Med J Aust 2010; 192 (1): 53.
Published online: 4 January 2010

To the Editor: There has been considerable debate about whether selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) can induce suicidal thoughts and behaviour. Using data from the 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing (NSMHWB),1,2 we examined the relationship between SSRI use and suicidality.

  • Jane E Pirkis1
  • Philip M Burgess2
  • Amy K Johnston3
  • Harvey A Whiteford2

  • 1 Centre for Health Policy, Programs and Economics, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD.
  • 3 National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW.

Correspondence: j.pirkis@unimelb.edu.au

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