Table 1

Baseline characteristics of women in Vancouver who thought about or attempted suicide over follow-up, compared with those who did not (n=290)

CharacteristicsSuicidality n=31 (11%)No suicidality n=259 (89%)p Value
Age (median, IQR)34 (27 to 47)36 (29 to 42)0.767
Gender/sexual minority7 (22.6)38 (14.7)0.291
Born in Canada29 (93.6)156 (60.2)<0.001
Indigenous ancestry18 (58.1)75 (29.0)0.001
Education, high school or greater10 (32.3)142 (54.8)0.017
HIV seropositivity*7 (22.6)26 (10.0)0.065
Sexually transmitted infection seropositivity*3 (9.7)35 (13.5)0.778
Homelessness*10 (32.3)63 (24.3)0.336
Lifetime psychedelic use*8 (25.8)71 (27.4)0.849
Lifetime cannabis use*27 (87.1)152 (58.7)0.002
Lifetime prescription opioid use*12 (38.7)77 (29.7)0.306
Lifetime crack use*27 (87.1)157 (60.6)0.004
Lifetime cocaine use*25 (80.7)137 (52.9)0.003
Lifetime crystal methamphetamine use*18 (58.1)72 (27.8)<0.001
Lifetime heroin use*21 (67.7)120 (46.3)0.024
Non-injection drug use*27 (87.1)148 (57.1)0.001
Injection drug use*16 (51.6)81 (31.3)0.023
Physical/sexual client violence*5 (16.1)36 (13.9)0.784
Physical/sexual childhood abuse24 (77.4)112 (43.2)<0.001
Police harassment/arrest*16 (51.6)91 (35.1)0.072
Primary place to solicit clients*
 Street/public space24 (77.4)118 (45.6)
 Indoor/in-call venue3 (9.7)103 (39.8)
 Independent/self-advertising (eg, newspapers and online)4 (12.9)38 (14.7)0.002
  • *Time updated, last 6 months as reference.