Functional impairment, internalized stigma, and well-being: Considerations for recovery-oriented suicide prevention for U.S. Veterans with serious mental illness

Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA) Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Centers (PRRCs) provide recovery-oriented care to veterans with serious mental illness (SMI). As part of program evaluation, PRRC providers regularly assess recovery-oriented outcomes. Given the high rates of suicidal thoughts and behaviors among veterans with SMI, understanding such outcomes in relation to suicide risk is crucial. Among […]

Social connections among persons with and without mental health-related disabilities, 2020

Persons with mental health-related disabilities were less likely than those without mental health-related disabilities to have three or more close friends and relatives. Those with mental health-related disabilities were also less likely to have ten or more local contacts. Level of satisfaction with contact with friends and with relatives was lower for persons with mental […]

Suicidal ideation among people with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic in Bangladesh: Prevalence and associated factors

Background: Evidence from pandemic and pre-pandemic studies conducted globally indicates that people with disabilities (PWDs) have a higher risk for suicidality. However, none of these studies has assessed suicidality among PWDs in Bangladesh. Aims: The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence of and factors associated with suicidal ideation among PWDs during the […]

Differences in suicide risk correlates and history of suicide ideation and attempts as a function of disability type

Background Disability status is associated with correlates of suicide risk (perceived burdensomeness, thwarted belongingness, negative future disposition, felt stigma, suicidal ideation, and suicide attempts). Aims This study aimed to examine whether suicide-related correlates differ significantly as a function of disability type. Methods Individuals with mobility and vision disabilities (N = 102) completed semistructured interviews and online-based questionnaires. […]

2022 State of the child report

The report provides an analysis of data released last fall in the Child Rights Indicator Framework. It includes five recommendations and examines some of the challenges faced by children with disabilities, as well as how their rights are being met.    

Prevalence of moderate and acute suicidal ideation among a national sample of tribal college and university students 2014-2015

To examine the relationship between suicide risk and hazardous drinking, depression, and anxiety, adjusting for demographics, among tribal college students across the United States. Methods. We invited tribal college students enrolled in 22 tribal colleges from fall 2014 and 2015 to participate in the Creating Campus Change study, a cross-sectional online/paper survey assessing alcohol use […]

Association between disability and suicide-related outcomes among U.S. adults

Introduction Although research has analyzed the sociodemographic and socioeconomic risks for suicide, only recently has suicide risk for people with disabilities been examined. This study investigates the associations between disability and distinct suicide-related outcomes, including suicidal ideation, suicide planning, and suicide attempt. Methods This nationally representative, cross-sectional study comprised secondary analyses of the 2015–2019 National Survey […]

Suicidality in family caregivers of people with long-term illnesses and disabilities: A scoping review.

An emerging body of international research suggests family caregivers may be a high-risk group for suicide, but the evidence has not been synthesised. Forty-eight peer-reviewed journal articles were included in this review, spanning low-, middle-, and high-income countries and a variety of illnesses and disabilities. The proportion of caregivers experiencing suicidal ideation ranged from 2.7% […]

Examining the role of stigma and disability-related factors in suicide risk through the lens of the Interpersonal Theory of Suicide

Research has largely not identified processes contributing to the relationship between physical disability and suicide risk. This cross-sectional research is aimed at examining the associations among felt stigma, perceived burdensomeness, disability severity, and perceptions about future suicidal ideation and attempts. Adults (N = 127) with physical disabilities recruited through online and printed advertisements completed self-report measures and […]

Building an equitable foundation: Removing barriers to access for people with mental health and substance-use related disabilities

People living with a mental illness or substance use related disability require access to fair and equal services that respond to their disability-related needs. They need assistance to overcome any barriers they face. BC public service providers, including the provincial government, are required to provide services that are accessible to people with disability-related needs, unless […]

Physical disability and suicide: Recent advancements in understanding and future directions for consideration.

Highlights • Research has supported the association between physical disability and suicide. Factors prompting suicide risk in this population are discussed. Recent research of specific disabilities and suicide is outlined. Directions for future research in this population are discussed.

Suicidal Ideation and Behavior and Some Psychological Correlates in Physically Disabled Motor-Vehicle Accident Survivors

Suicide ideation & behavior, self-concept, posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms, & correlations among these traits was explored in a sample of 50 Slovenian individuals permanently disabled after a motor vehicle accident. Rehabilitating patients with spinal cord injury were characterized by low total self-concept, presence of posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms, & suicide ideation & behaviour. Posttraumatic stress […]

Suicidal Ideation Among Low-Income Women on Family Assistance Programs

The study evaluated prevalence & risk factors associated with suicide ideation in a randomly drawn sample of 2,112 women, aged 18-59 years, & enrolled in family assistance programs. The overall prevalence rate of suicide ideation was not substantially higher than that found in other populations. Emotional difficulties, substance abuse/dependence, physical limitations, having been arrested, & […]

Physical Illness, Functional Limitations, and Suicide Risk: a Population-Based Study

The independent association of physical illness & functional limitations with suicide mortality risk was assessed. The Cox proportional hazards model was used with data from the 1986-1994 National Health Interview Survey linked to the 1986-1997 National Death Index to analyze the effects of chronic physical illness & functional limitations on suicide. After controlling for potential […]

Physical Disability and Suicidal Ideation: a Community-Based Study of Risk/Protective Factors for Suicidal Thoughts

The authors examine the independent & joint explanatory significance of physical disability & components of the stress process model for risk of suicide ideation. Data from an ethnically diverse & representative sample of 1,768 adults with & without disabilities reveal that physical disability is associated with a greater risk of lifetime suicide ideation. (43 refs.)

Attempted Suicide and Completed Suicide in Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury. Case Reports

Follow-up studies of spinal cord injury patients show a fourfold increase in the suicide rate.! To examine this risk further we studied a consecutive series of 366 traumatic spinal cord injured patients from the time of their discharge from a spinal injuries unit, for a period of up to 8 years (mean 3.5 years). Attempted […]

Suicide – not the Answer

This article presents the author’s perspective on assisted suicide. He questions whether money is the motivating factor in growing social support for euthanasia & assisted suicide. He addresses the perception that persons with disabilities have a lower, or no, quality of life & whether this belief also contributes to the recent emphasis on assisted suicide […]

Suicide: Lifting the Shadows (Part 2)

Part 1 is on depression, not suicide.

Ethical Dilemmas in Participatory Action Research: a Case Study From the Disability Community


The Social Basis of Loss and Grief: age, Disability and Sexuality


Peter Singer and Non-Voluntary ‘Euthanasia’: Tripping Down the Slippery Slopes

Disability, Dependency, and Demoralization

Not Dead yet (IN: The Case Against Assisted Suicide, ed. by K Foley & H Hendin)

The author investigates the assisted suicide & euthanasia debate from the perspective of the disability community, citing legal examples to demonstrate how the legalization of these practices may impact people with disabilities, especially in light of continuing bias in perceptions of disabled persons. The Oregon law is specifically examined. The formal positions of a number […]