Systematic review of arts-based interventions to address suicide prevention and survivorship in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America

Study Objective. Suicide is a serious health problem that is shaped by a variety of social and mental health factors. A growing body of research connects the arts to positive health outcomes; however, no previous systematic reviews have examined the use of the arts in suicide prevention and survivorship. This review examined how the arts […]

The healing potential of online, Art-DBT: Developing a program of rumination and non-suicidal self-injury reduction

Rationale in a nutshell 1. Rumination contributes to Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) 2. Targeting rumination in the context of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) could significantly reduce NSSI (or prevent it) 3. Including AT may increase DBT adherence/enhance treatment with benefits unique to AT

Can arts and communication programs improve physicianwellness and mitigate physician suicide?

The suicide rate for physicians is higher than that of any other professionÑin the past year,more than 400 physicians have committed suicide.1,2 Physicians have a far higher suicide completion rate than does the general public; the most reliable estimates range from 1.4 to 2.3 times the rate in the general population, perhaps, in part, because […]

A community’s response to suicide through public art: Stakeholder perspectives from the Finding the Light Within project.


Inspired lives: Discovering life in imagination.


Different voice different perspective: the art of healing suicide. A documentary on the art of Mic Eales filmed in collaboration with Erminia Colucci.


Suicide and the Creative Arts

This edited book includes 22 chapters on suicide & the creative arts. Part 1 examines suicide in painting & the traditional visual arts. Part 2 is on the depiction of suicide in the movies. Suicide in literature is discussed in Part 3. Part 4 looks at understanding suicide through the arts & Part 5 is […]

The Suicide of Ajax: a Note on Occupational Strain as a Neglected Factor in Suicidology (IN: Suicide and the Creative Arts, edited by S Stack & D Lester)

This chapter illustrates the utility of applying insights from one of the oldest surviving portrayals of suicide in art, that of the Greek warrior Ajax. It tests a hypothesis, based on this case, that occupational strain contributes to suicide risk. Analysis is based on data from 15,739 psychological autopsies done in the contemporary United States. […]

The Legacy of Lucretia: Rape-Suicides in art, 509 BC-2008 (IN: Suicide and the Creative Arts, edited by S Stack & D Lester)

While rape is a known risk factor for suicidality in both men & women, it has received relatively little attention in suicidology. There is also a relative lack of attention to the extent to which & how rape-suicide has been covered in various art forms. It is clear that one portrayal of rape-suicide, that of […]

Masked Depression and Suicidal Ideation in the Drawings of Schizophrenic Patients (IN: Suicide and the Creative Arts, edited by S Stack & D Lester)

This chapter examines the value of artwork as a diagnostic tool for patients with psychosis. Discussion is focused on the art expressions rather than on the mental illness of the artists. Paintings are reviewed for their potential contribution to a better understanding of the patients’ emotional state, particularly masked depression among patients with schizophrenia. The […]

The Art of Suicide


Judas’ Death: Some Remarks Concerning the Iconography of Suicide in the Middle Ages

This essay analyses some medieval images representing the Biblical story of Judas’ suicide. From a historian’s viewpoint, those images must be seen in the context of a scholastic discourse on mortal sins & human responsibility. A central aspect of the argument presented in this paper is the hanging tree as a number of pictures indicate […]

The Place of Suicide in the French Avant-garde of the Inter-war Period

In the Shadow of Death

Exhilarated Despair and Optimism in Nothing: Francis Bacon and the Question of Representation

This article is a philosophical study of the late Francis Bacon’s “Triptych May-June 1973,” a painting that appears to depict the suicide of Bacon’s former lover George Dyer. The article attempts to complicate this assumption, arguing that, in certain ways, the painting is not at all representational, or, to the extent that it is, it […]

The Barefoot Serpent


Human Figure Drawings: an Auxiliary Diagnostic Assessment of Childhood Suicidal Potential

The authors argue that the value of using nonverbal diagnostic techniques to evaluate childhood suicidal risk cannot be underestimated, especially because children often are not able to provide a reliable history of their suicidal tendencies. This paper discusses the theory & use of human figure drawings as an auxiliary technique in evaluating suicidal risk in […]

The Image on Ancient Suicide

This manuscript discusses suicide in ancient Greek & Roman texts. The investigation is based on 107 images & complementary literary sources. The author then divides the representations according to method of suicide. These methods are discussed separately, supplemented with relevant examples from literature & art. A discussion of gender differences in methods is also included. […]

Case Consultation: Diffusion of Responsibility in the Care of a Difficult Patient

This case shows how a patient’s psychopathology can set caregivers against each other & promote suicide. Mark Rothko, the New York abstract expressionist painter was under the care of 3 doctors at the time of his suicide in 1970. Polypharmacy & confusion over medications were continual problems. This article describes the circumstances of the case […]

The Tragic Lives of Vincent and Theo

This article gives a brief summary of the lives of Vincent & Theo Van Gogh. Vincent’s short but prolific artistic career is outlined as are his bouts with mental illness. His reliance on his brother, Theo, for emotional & financial support throughout his lifetime is described. The incidence of mental illness in Wilhelmina & Cornelius, […]

The Meaning of Death for Children and Adolescents: a Phenomenographic Study of Drawings

Qualitative & gender differences in concepts of death were studied in a sample of 431 children & adolescents. Subjects were asked to draw their impression of the word death & to give a verbal commentary on what they had drawn. Drawings were analyzed according to a phenomenographic method. Biologic death concepts dominated the younger age […]

Manic-Depressive Illness and Creativity

Studies now show that creativity & mood disorders are linked. While temperaments & cognitive styles associated with mood disorders can in fact enhance creativity in some individuals, studies show that artists experience up to 18 times the rate of suicide seen in the general population, 8 to 10 times the rate of depression, & 10 […]

A Look, Value Free, at Suicide

This article discusses an art show in Los Angeles, which was comprised of 17 suicide notes attached to body bags. The artists claimed to have attempted to deliver a morally neutral exhibition and that their main goal was to deliver information that provides ways to confront and contemplate many things – life, death, suicide, guns, […]