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Table 5 Mental health history and suicidal ideation by career stage

From: Researching the researchers: psychological distress and psychosocial stressors according to career stage in mental health researchers

  Total Support staff Student EMCR Senior researcher Chi square
N = 152 (n = 26) (n = 57) (n = 40) (n = 29) p value
n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%)
Diagnosed mental health disorder (lifetime) 83 (54.6%) 16 (61.5%) 33 (57.9%) 23 (57.5%) 11 (37.9%) 0.138
Suspected mental health disorder (lifetime) 46 (30.3%) 6 (23.1%) 15 (26.3%) 15 (37.5%) 10 (34.5%)  
No diagnosed or suspected mental health disorder (lifetime) 23 (15.1%) 4 (15.4%) 9 (15.8%) 2 (5.0%) 8 (27.6%)  
Diagnosed mental health disorder prior to academic career 57 (37.5%) 14 (53.8%) 26 (45.6%) 14 (35.0%) 3 (10.3%) 0.008
Suspected mental health disorder prior to academic career 48 (31.6%) 6 (23.1%) 13 (22.8%) 17 (42.5%) 12 (41.4%)  
No diagnosed or suspected mental health disorder prior to academic career 47 (31.0%) 6 (23.1%) 18 (31.6%) 9 (22.5%) 14 (48.3%)  
Diagnosed mental health disorder since beginning academic career 48 (31.6%)a 7 (26.9%)b 16 (28.1%)c 16 (40.0%)d 9 (31.0%)e 0.478
Suspected mental health disorder since beginning academic career 50 (32.9%) 8 (30.8%) 18 (31.6%) 16 (40.0%) 8 (27.6%)  
No diagnosed or suspected mental health disorder since beginning academic career 54 (35.58%) 11 (32.3%) 23 (40.3%) 8 (20.0%) 12 (41.4%)  
Suicidal ideation (past 2-weeks) 36 (23.7%) 4 (15.4%) 16 (28.1%) 8 (20%) 8 (27.6%) 0.519
Suicidal ideation (past 12-months) 69 (45.4%) 13 (50%) 26 (45.6%) 15 (37.5%) 15 (51.7%) 0.631
  1. EMCR Early-middle career researcher
  2. an = 22 participants who reported mental health diagnoses both prior and since commencing their academic career
  3. bn = 5 participants who reported MH diagnoses both prior and since commencing their academic career
  4. cn = 9 participants who reported MH diagnoses both prior and since commencing their academic career
  5. dn = 7 participants who reported MH diagnoses prior and since commencing their academic career
  6. en = 1 participant who reported MH diagnoses prior and since commencing their academic career