Collaborative methods foster better data: Insights from suicide data linkage project in North Carolina

The linking of surveillance data sets has increasingly become an essential public health activity. We compared a traditional method in North Carolina (NC) with a newer collaborative approach when linking Hospital Discharge Data (HDD) and NC Violent Death Reporting System (NC-VDRS) data. We found the collaborative approach to be superior, enabling wider ownership combined with[…]

Examining the use of police and ambulance data in suicide research: A systematic scoping review of data linkage studies

Background: Police and paramedics are often the first to respond to individuals in suicide crisis and have an important role to play in facilitating optimal care pathways. Yet, little evidence exists to inform these responses. Data linkage provides one approach to examining this knowledge gap. Aim: We identified studies that examined suicide behaviors and linked to police or[…]

Implementing real-time data suicide surveillance systems

In this editorial, we would like to inspire policy makers to support the real-time monitoring of suicide. Using real-time data to understand the spatiotemporal variability of suicides will allow policy makers evaluate interventions they have invested in and enable them to intervene in a timely manner in situations when an increase in suicides in any[…]

Proportion of individuals with past-year suicidal ideation who attempted suicide over the past 10 years in the United States, and the influence of age and sex

Background: In recent years, the rate of death by suicide has been increasing disproportionately among females and young adults in the United States. Presumably this trend has been mirrored by the proportion of individuals with suicidal ideation who attempted suicide. Aim: We aimed to investigate whether the proportion of individuals in the United States with suicidal ideation who[…]

A call to clarify fuzzy sets

U.S. Youth Suicide Rate Increased 56% in Decade, CDC Says (Wall Street Journal, November 12, 2019;​cdc-says-11571284861)
Suicide Rates for Young Australians Highest in 10 Years (​for-suicide-prevention-rates-highest-10-years/8076780)
Suicide Rate Rises Among Young People in England and Wales (The Guardian, September 4, 2018; https://www.the​​among-young-people-in-england-and-wales)
Headlines such as these have dominated the consciousness of these three[…]

Leveraging data science to enhance suicide prevention research: A literature review

Objective The purpose of this research is to identify how data science is applied in suicide prevention literature, describe the current landscape of this literature and highlight areas where data science may be useful for future injury prevention research.
Design We conducted a literature review of injury prevention and data science in April 2020 and January[…]

A comprehensive review of computer-aided diagnosis of major mental and neurological disorders and suicide: A biostatistical perspective on data mining

The World Health Organization (WHO) suggests that mental disorders, neurological disorders, and suicide are growing causes of morbidity. Depressive disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, Alzheimer’s disease, and other dementias account for 1.84%, 0.60%, 0.33%, and 1.00% of total Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALYs). Furthermore, suicide, the 15th leading cause of death worldwide, could be linked to[…]