Mental health service use in adults with suicidal ideation within a nationally representative sample of the Korean population

Kyu Man Han, Eunsoo Won, Jong Woo Paik, Min Soo Lee, Hae Woo Lee, Byung Joo Ham

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Background Use of mental health services (MHS) by people with suicidal ideation is critical in prevention of suicide, and identification of the factors that influence MHS use may assist in providing efficient interventions and treatments for suicidal individuals. Thus, we investigated the association between socioeconomic factors and use of MHS in people with suicidal ideation. Method We analyzed the data of the Fifth Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2010-2012, a nationally representative cross-sectional study of the Korean population. Among the 24,173 people from the national health survey, we investigated the socioeconomic, clinical, and health-related characteristics of 2616 participants aged 19 years and older with suicidal ideation within the previous year. Results In the logistic regression analyses, after adjusting for potentially confounding factors, the odds ratio (OR) for nonuse of MHS was significant in the subjects aged 65 years or older (OR=4.90), aged 50-64 years (OR=2.11), with 10-12 years of education (OR=1.87), widowed (OR=2.75), with economic activity (OR=1.60), with an employment status of paid employee (OR=1.97), without depressive mood (OR=2.73), having not attempted suicide (OR=4.04), and with no reported problems in their usual activities (OR=2.17). Limitations We did not use standardized assessment tools to evaluate suicidal ideation and depressive mood. Conclusions We observed a significant influence of several socioeconomic factors, depressive mood, and suicide attempts on the MHS use of adults with suicidal ideation, based on a nationally representative sample of the Korean population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-347
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Affective Disorders
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Mar 15

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  • Depression
  • Mental health service
  • Socioeconomic factor
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Suicide attempt

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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