Might informal carers of adults with enduring suicidality experience anticipatory loss?

Carers of loved ones who repeatedly express suicidal intent and/or engage in suicidal behavior may experience a sense of anticipation of eventual suicide due to the potential of a fatal act of self-harm. An understanding of John Rolland’s concept of anticipatory loss may help clinicians understand and attend to the experiences of carers of adults […]

Reasons for living and suicide attempts among young adults with lifetime suicide ideation

Background: Previous work suggests that reasons for living (RFL) are associated with suicide ideation; however, the relationship between RFL and suicide attempts among individuals with suicide ideation remains unclear. Such an examination is necessary to delineate whether RFL are associated with suicide attempts above and beyond their association with suicide ideation. Aims: This study examined the relationship between […]

Which factors may differentiate lifetime suicide attempters from ideators in obsessive-compulsive disorder patients?

Background: The causes underlying suicidal behaviour in patients with obsessive-compulsive (OCD) are not fully understood. Aim: In this study, we examined whether lifetime suicide attempt (SA), and suicide ideation (SI) was associated with affective temperaments, impulsivity, childhood traumatic events or separation anxiety. Methods: We compared OCD patients with lifetime SA (Group 1; n=25), lifetime suicide ideation (SI) (Group 2; n=62), and without […]

Ethics on the edge: Working with clients who are persistently suicidal

Sometimes psychologists will defend their feeling that they ought to prevent a client from ending their life by highlighting that those who survive a suicide attempt usually report relief that they failed—a secular version of the “perils of hubris” argument of religious believers. But we know that whenever anyone makes a difficult choice, it is […]