Evaluating a recovery-oriented intensive outpatient program for veterans at risk for suicide

Background: Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and suicide risk is elevated among military veterans. Risk for suicide is inherently transdiagnostic, complex, and multifaceted, which means a comprehensive psychotherapeutic approach to risk mitigation is required. Aims: Our aims were to summarize findings from an evaluation of an interdisciplinary, recovery-oriented intensive outpatient program[…]

Addressing co-occurring suicidal thoughts and behaviors and posttraumatic stress disorder in evidence-based psychotherapies for adults: A systematic review

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a well-established risk factor for suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Historically, guidelines for treating PTSD have recommended against the use of trauma-focused therapies for patients who are at high risk for suicide, likely due to concerns about potential suicide-related iatrogenesis, specifically the “triggering” of suicidal behaviors. This systematic review examined evidence[…]

Systematic review and narrative synthesis of suicide prevention in high-schools and universities: A research agenda for evidence-based practice

Youth suicide prevention in high-schools and universities is a public health priority. Our aim was to propose a research agenda to advance evidence-based suicide prevention in high-schools and universities by synthesizing and critically reviewing the research focus and methodologies used in existing intervention studies. Methods
Fourteen databases were systematically searched to identify[…]

Improving suicide prevention through evidence-based strategies: A systematic review

Objective: The authors sought to identify scalable evidence-based suicide prevention strategies. Methods: A search of PubMed and Google Scholar identified 20,234 articles published between September 2005 and December 2019, of which 97 were randomized controlled trials with suicidal behavior or ideation as primary outcomes or epidemiological studies of limiting access to lethal means, using educational approaches, and[…]

Implementation of the standardized, evidence-based three-stage suicide risk screening: Experience of a large Veterans Affairs medical center

Suicide is a global public health concern and may be preventable with early identification. The suicide rate among US veterans is increasing. In response to the increase, Veterans Health Administration recommended a new standardized three-step, evidence-based suicide risk screening process across all Veterans Health Administration sites. The purpose of this project was to implement the[…]

Evaluation of the impact of the PABBS suicide bereavement training on clinicians’ knowledge and skills: A pilot study

Background: Health-care professionals do not routinely receive training on how best to support parents bereaved by suicide. Evidence-based training – Postvention Assisting Those Bereaved by Suicide (PABBS) – was designed to address this gap. Aims: The study aimed (a) to pilot PABBS training and evaluate its perceived effectiveness (impact on self-reported knowledge, skills and confidence) in managing suicide[…]

Adaptation of evidence-based suicide prevention strategies during and after the COVID-19 pandemic

Suicide is preventable. Nevertheless, each year 800,000 people die of suicide in the world. While there is evidence indicating that suicide rates de‐crease during times of crises, they are expected to increase once the immediate crisis has passed. The COVID‐19 pandemic affects risk and pro‐tective factors for suicide at each level of the socio‐ecological model. Economic[…]

Suicide prevention during and after the COVID-19 pandemic: Evidence-based recommendations 2020.

Approximately 800.000 people die of suicide every year in the world. The number is underestimated, due to various methods of monitoring and death registration as well as cultural factors.
All 183 member states are included in the World Health Organization (WHO) mortality database, however only around 45% of the countries have appropriate monitoring. Suicide[…]

Training the next generation of school psychologists to deliver evidence-based mental health practices: Current challenges and future directions

School psychologists are uniquely positioned to support the delivery of evidence-based mental health practices (EBMHPs) to address the overwhelming mental health needs of children and youth. Graduate training[…]

Strengthening the evidence base in suicide prevention: Systematic reviews and registered reports

We have come a long way in our understanding of suicide and how to prevent it, but there is still much that we don’t know. Part of the reason for this is that our research is not always as good as it could be. We sometimes use suboptimal methods, we don’t always describe what we[…]