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This research aimed to study severe depression and high suicidal risk among Thai police officers. Method of data collection was done through a self-screening questionnaire for depression 9Q and self-screening questionnaire for suicide 8Q. The participants were 112,989 Thai police officers who had received an annual health check with the Police General hospital from January to September 2018. The data were analyzed by descriptive statistics; percentage, frequency and odds ratio was used to analyze the relationship of factors at 95% confidence intervals.
This study showed that Thai police officers that participated in this research study had severe depressive symptoms only .07% and severe suicidal risk .05%. The most influencing factor for severe depression are their work problems, including excessive workload, difficult job and not capable with people, personal life problems, and family problems. Factors that affect high suicidal risk are social and family problems. From this study, it can be used for planning to promote mental health and prevent depression and suicide among Thai police officers and make policy recommendations to the Royal Thai Police Headquarters.
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