Diversify your emotional assets: The association between the variety of sources of emotional support and thoughts of death or self-harm among US older adults

Using data from a nationally representative sample of community-dwelling older adults (age ≥ ≥ 65) (NHANES: n = 3,114), we examined the association between the variety in sources of emotional support and thoughts of death or self-harm in the past two weeks among US older adults and if such association is modified by gender and race/ethnicity. Overall, an additional category of […]

Comfort expressing emotions and suicide ideation: Evidence of indirect effects via perceived burdensomeness and thwarted belongingness

Objective Emotion regulation strategies and related constructs have been implicated both as risk and protective factors in a range of mental health outcomes among young adults. To expand upon this previous research, we examined comfort expressing four discrete emotions (i.e., love, happiness, sadness, and anger) as factors that protect against suicide ideation in young adults, […]

Emotion‐related impulsivity and suicidal ideation: Towards a more specific model

Objectives: Suicidal ideation is a pervasive and painful experience that varies considerably in its phenomenology. Here, we consider how one key risk variable might inform our understanding of variation in suicidal ideation: emotion-related impulsivity, the trait-like tendency towards unconstrained speech, behaviour, and cognition in the face of intense emotions. We hypothesized that emotion-related impulsivity would be […]

Psychosocial risks and benefits of exposure to heavy metal music with aggressive themes: Current theory and evidence

Concerns have been raised that prolonged exposure to heavy metal music with aggressive themes can increase the risk of aggression, anger, antisocial behaviour, substance use, suicidal ideation, anxiety and depression in community and psychiatric populations. Although research often relies on correlational evidence for which causal inferences are not possible, it is often claimed that music with […]

High school educator training by simulation to address emotional and behavioral concerns in school settings: A randomized study

The purpose of this study is to examine the impact of an online virtual human role-play simulation in teaching high school educators and staff to identify, talk to, and if necessary, refer students in psychological distress to support services. High school educators (N = 31,144) from 43 US states and 5 American territories completed a baseline survey […]

Correlation between suicidal ideation and emotional memory in adolescents with depressive disorder

This study explored the diferences in emotional memory between adolescents with and without suicidal ideation. Fifty adolescents with depression and suicidal ideation, 36 with depression but no suicidal ideation, and 41 healthy controls rated the emotional valence of positive, neutral, and negative pictures. Then, the recognition of the images was evaluated 72 h later. Adolescents […]

‘The last thing you feel is the self-disgust’ the role of self-directed disgust in men who have attempted suicide: A grounded theory study

Objective: Globally, suicide affects more men than women. Emotional pain underpins many theoretical accounts of suicidality, yet little is known about the role of disgust in suicide. Self-directed disgust, whereby aspects of the self-serve as an object of disgust, has been hypothesised to factor in suicide. This research aimed to explore the processes which link self-disgust […]

Masculinities and suicide: Unsettling ‘talk’ as a response to suicide in men

An increasingly common way that high rates of male suicide are understood is via men’s ostensibly poorer abilities to talk about – and more generally seek help for – problems in general, and emotional problems specifically. This has led to the development of public mental health campaigns which urge men to ‘speak up’ more often […]

Addressing psychological distress in people bereaved through suicide: From care to cure

To illustrate the main characteristics of the request for and choice of support by a population accessing a dedicated service for people bereaved through suicide.The participants were divided first according to their reason for requesting support and based on their choice of intervention, which were “caring” services (improve knowledge about suicide prevention, postvention and grief […]

Factors associated with help-seeking for emotional or mental health problems in community members at risk of suicide

Objective: People experiencing mental health problems or suicidal thoughts often do not seek help. This study aims to investigate factors associated with help-seeking behaviours for emotional and mental health problems in individuals at risk for suicide. Method: A community sample was recruited online through Instagram and Facebook advertisements. There were 4277 participants in total, aged 18–84 (72.8% […]

The day Morty’s face fell off

Morty Monster was having a bad day. His face kept falling off. Has that ever happened to you? When Morty left his Hollow in the Big Tree that morning it had seemed like the perfect day for a walk. Then things started going wrong. Morty is a character from our Big Tree Therapeutic Dolls Set that […]

Emotional exhaustion and its relationship with suicide risk in emergency responders

The purpose of the current study was to evaluate the relationship between emotional exhaustion and suicide risk in emergency responders. Participants included 643 actively employed emergency responders who responded to an online research based survey. Participants were administered the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI; Maslach & Jackson, 1981) and the Suicide Behaviors Questionnaire (SBQ-R; Osman, Bagge, Gutierrez, Konick, […]

Prison staff’s views and understanding of the role of emotions in prisoner suicide and violence

Suicide and violence are a major concern in prisons, and it has been suggested that alexithymia may be associated with these behaviours. Alexithymia can be defined as the inability to identify and describe emotions. This study aimed to explore staff’s understanding and attitudes about identifying and discussing emotions in prisoner suicide and violence. Twenty prison […]

Effectiveness of emotional intelligence therapy on suicide risk among adolescents in residential care

This study aimed to apply Emotional Intelligence Therapy (EIT) in a sample of adolescents in residential care and to examine its impact on three outcomes: suicide risk, perceived emotional intelligence (PEI), and basic psychological needs (BPN). Treatment consisted of 16 group sessions held on a weekly basis to develop the emotional skills of perception, facilitation […]

Socioeconomic inequalities of suicide: Sociological and psychological intersections

Suicide is complex; yet suicide research is dominated by ‘psy’ disciplines which can falter when seeking to explain social patterning of suicide rates, and how this relates to individual actions. This article discusses a multidisciplinary report which aimed to advance understandings of socioeconomic inequalities in suicide rates in the UK. Contrasts are drawn between health […]

Lack of emotional awareness is associated with thwarted belongingness and acquired capability for suicide in a military psychiatric inpatient sample

Objective To examine potential links between facets of impulsivity and emotion dysregulation to components of the Interpersonal‐Psychological Theory of Suicide (thwarted belongingness, perceived burdensomeness, and acquired capability) among U.S. military personnel. Method The current study performed secondary data analysis from a randomized control trial testing the efficacy of a cognitive therapy for 134 service members […]

Suicide risk and emotional responses to thoughts of death: The response to morbid ideations questionnaire

Background There is need for deeper understanding of the processes by which suicidal thoughts lead to action. Examination of morbid ideation and the emotional sequelae of such ideation that may feed suicide ideation (SI) and attempts (SA) have been limited. Method Adult psychiatric outpatients (N = 385) were administered the Response to Morbid Ideation Questionnaire (RMI‐Q) and […]

Hearing the suicidal patient’s emotional pain: A typological model to improve communication

Background: Escaping from emotional pain is a recognized driver in suicidal patients’ desire to die. Formal scales of emotional pain are rarely used during routine contact between patients and their care team. No study has explored facilitators and inhibitors of emotional pain communication between staff and suicidal patients during regular care. Aims: To identify factors impeding or […]

Parent-adolescent acculturation gap and suicidal ideation among adolescents from an emergency department

The objective of this article is to examine the impact of parent-adolescent acculturation gap on vulnerability to suicidal ideation among adolescents presenting to an emergency department with suicidal behavior. A multiethnic sample of adolescents (n = 43) and their parents (n = 43) completed an acculturation measure, and adolescents reported on emotion reactivity, hopelessness, depressive symptoms, and suicidal ideation. […]

Expressed emotion, shame, and non-suicidal self-injury.

A cross-sectional study examining relationships between perceived family Expressed Emotion and shame, emotional involvement, depression, anxiety, stress and non-suicidal self-injury, in 264 community and online adults (21.6% male). We compared self-injurers with non-self-injurers, and current with past self-injurers. Self-injurers experienced more family Expressed Emotion (EE) than non-injurers (t(254) = −3.24, p = 0.001), linear contrasts explaining […]

Emotional and economic intimate partner violence as key drivers of depression and suicidal ideation: A cross-sectional study among young women in informal settlements in South Africa.

Little research has assessed the impact of emotional intimate partner violence (IPV) and economic IPV on women’s mental health. Using cross-sectional data from the Stepping Stones and Creating Futures intervention trial baseline, in eThekwini Municipality, South Africa we assess three questions. First, whether emotional IPV and economic IPV make independent contributions to mental health outcomes; […]

An ecological investigation of the emotional context surrounding nonsuicidal self-injurious thoughts and behaviors in adolescents and young adults.

Ecological momentary assessment (EMA) methodology was used to examine the emotional context of nonsuicidal self‐injury (NSSI). Forty‐seven adolescents and young adults used a novel smartphone app to monitor their emotional experiences, NSSI thoughts, and NSSI behaviors for 2 weeks. Momentary changes in both negative and positive emotions predicted greater intensity of NSSI thoughts at the subsequent […]

Dialectical behavior therapy for pre-adolescent children (IN: The Oxford Handbook of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, edited by Michaela Swales)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy for pre-adolescent children (DBT-C) targets severe emotional and behavioural dysregulation in the paediatric population by teaching adaptive coping skills and helping parents create a validating and a change-ready environment. It retains the theoretical model, principles, and therapeutic strategies of standard DBT, and incorporates almost all of the adult DBT skills and didactics […]