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Table 6 Relative likelihood (RL) of taking particular actions when assisting a suicidal person

From: Effects of the Mental Health First Aid for the suicidal person course on beliefs about suicide, stigmatising attitudes, confidence to help, and intended and actual helping actions: an evaluation

Action RL 95% CI z p-value
Got someone else to speak to them (contrary) 0.63 0.40–0.99 − 2.01 0.044
Spent time listening to the person discuss their feelings 0.99 0.91–1.07 − 0.28 0.780
Asked the person directly about suicidal thoughts 1.22 1.05–1.43 2.51 0.012
Asked the person directly if they had a suicide plan 1.37 1.08–1.73 2.59 0.010
Asked the person directly if they had attempted suicide in past 0.96 0.70–1.31 − 0.27 0.787
Allowed the person to discuss their reasons for dying and for living 1.08 0.89–1.32 0.77 0.441
Asked the person how they would like to be supported 0.94 0.80–1.10 − 0.78 0.435
Asked the person if there was a mental health professional whom they trusted, and sought permission to contact them on their behalf 1.07 0.83–1.38 0.53 0.596
Encouraged the person to get professional help as soon as possible 1.07 0.94–1.22 1.05 0.294
Sought their permission to contact their regular doctor or mental health professional about your concerns 0.71 0.45–1.13 − 1.46 0.144
Contacted emergency services or a mental health crisis service 0.58 0.38–0.90 − 2.44 0.015
Promised them that you would not tell anyone about their suicidal thoughts (contrary) 0.58 0.22–1.54 − 1.09 0.276
Tried to convince them that suicide is wrong (contrary) 0.93 0.48–1.81 − 0.21 0.834