The experiences of adults bereaved by the suicide of a close elderly relative: A qualitative pilot study

Suicide in older persons is a serious issue in many countries. The act of intentionally causing one’s own death is often associated with lack of social support, thwarted belongingness, or chronic interpersonal difficulties. Therefore, suicide has a significant interpersonal dimension that can influence those left behind. However, studies that have investigated the impact of older […]

Homicide in the western family and background factors of a perpetrator.

Aims: Familicide is a multiple-victim homicide incident in which the killer’s spouse and one or more children are slain. A systematic review was conducted to reveal the background factors of western homicide perpetrators. Methods: The systematic search was performed in the Arto, Medic, Cinahl, Medline, EBSCOhost Academic Search Premier and Social Services abstracts databases. The keywords were familicide, […]

The additive effect on suicidality of family history of suicidal behavior and early traumatic experiences.

Family history of suicidal behavior and personal history of childhood abuse are reported risk factors for suicide attempts and suicide completion. We aim to quantify the additive effect of family history of suicidal behavior and different subtypes of childhood abuse on suicidal behavior. We examined a sample of 496 suicide attempters, comparing individuals with family […]

Course of bereavement over 8-10 years in first degree relatives and spouses of people who committed suicide: Longitudinal community based cohort study.

To identify factors predicting the long term course of complicated grief, depression, and suicide ideation in a community based sample of relatives bereaved through suicide.

All the way: My life on the ice.


Running from crazy.

This documentary examines the personal journey of Mariel Hemingway, the granddaughter of writer Ernest Hemingway, as she strives for a deeper understanding of the suicide and mental illness that have afflicted so many of her family members. Intimate verité footage and raw, emotional interviews with Mariel and her daughter are interwoven with rarely seen archival […]

The gospel according to Josh: A 28-year gentile bar mitzvah

By the time Josh Rivedal turned twenty-five, he thought heÕd have the perfect life, a few years singing on Broadway, followed by a starring role in his own television show. After which, his getaway home in the Hamptons would be featured in Better Homes & Gardens, and his face would grace the cover of the […]

Parental psychopathology and the risk of suicidal behavior in their offspring: results from the World Mental Health surveys.

Previous research suggests that parental psychopathology predicts suicidal behavior among offspring; however, the more fine-grained associations between specific parental disorders and distinct stages of the pathway to suicide are not well understood. We set out to test the hypothesis that parental disorders associated with negative mood would predict offspring suicide ideation, whereas disorders characterized by […]

Suicide method runs in families: A birth certificate cohort study of adolescent suicide in Taiwan.


Bitter Medicine: A graphic memoir of mental illness.

In 1976, Ben Martini was diagnosed with schizophrenia. A decade later, his brother Olivier was told he had the same disease. For the past thirty years the Martini family has struggled to comprehend and cope with a devastating illness, frustrated by a health care system lacking in resources and empathy, the imperfect science of medication, […]

Women who jump into wells:Reflections on suicidality in women from conflict regions of the Indian subcontinent.


3rd world Canada.


Red chocolate elephants: For children bereaved by suicide.


Tales of decline: Reading social pathology into individual suicide in South India.

In the south Indian state of Kerala, the nationÕs so-called suicide capital, suicide can often appear self-evident in meaning and motivation to casual onlookers and experts alike. Drawing on explanatory accounts, rumors, and speculative tales of suicide collected between 2004 and 2007, this article explores the ontological power of certain deaths to assert themselves as […]

Traumatic Life Events and Suicide Risk Among Jail Inmates: the Influence of Types of Events, Time Period and Significant Others

Relationships between traumatic life events & suicide risk were studied in 2 samples of jail inmates, 216 with low suicide risk & 51 with high suicide risk. Suicidal inmates reported a higher prevalence of traumatic life events, including more episodes of sexual abuse, physical maltreatment, emotional maltreatment, abandonment, & suicide attempts by significant others. They […]

A Prospective Study of Suicidal Behaviour in Sundarban Delta, West Bengal, India

A year-long prospective study of all patients admitted for deliberate self-harm at 13 block primary health centres of the Sundarban region was done to examine the sociodemographic profile & clinical outcome of suicidal behaviour. A total of 1614 self-harm subjects were admitted during the year; 143 died. Although women, especially in the younger age groups, […]

History of a suicide:my sister’s unfinished life.

On the night of April 15, 1990, Jill BialoskyÕs twenty-one-year-old sister Kim came home from a bar in downtown Cleveland. She argued with her boyfriend on the phone. Then she took her motherÕs car keys, went into the garage, closed the garage door. She climbed into the car, turned on the ignition, and fell asleep. […]

Latinas attempting suicide:when cultures, families and daughters collide.


Familial Aggregation of Suicide Explained by Cluster B Traits: a Three-Group Family Study of Suicide Controlling for Major Depressive Disorder

File copy includes a 1-page data supplement.

In Search of Endophenotypes for Suicidal Behavior

See SIEC #2010-0798 for the McGirr et al article.

Early Traumatic Life Events, Parental Rearing Styles, Family History of Mental Disorders, and Birth Risk Factors in Patients With Social Anxiety Disorder

50 German patients with social anxiety disorders & 120 healthy controls were investigated using a retrospective interview with 203 questions. Compared to controls, patients described their parents’ rearing styles as significantly more unfavourable. Patients reported higher rates of psychiatric disorders in their families in general, in particular anxiety disorders, depression, & suicidality. The present data […]

Suicidal Ideation in Prisoners: Risk Factors and Relevance to Suicidal Behaviour. A Prospective Case-Control Study

This study investigated risk factors for suicide ideation in prisoners as well as the prediction of suicidal behaviour by suicide ideation. 67 male Greek prisoners who expressed suicide ideation were evaluated; 67 prisoners without suicide ideation served as controls. All participants were followed-up prospectively for 12 months after their initial assessment. Independent significant risk factors […]

Investigation of A218C Tryptophan Hydroxylase Polymorphism: Association With Familial Suicide Behavior and Proband’s Suicide Attempt Characteristics

Tryptophan hydroxylase A218C polymorphism was analyzed in a sample of 248 Brazilian psychiatric patients & 63 healthy controls. In addition, at least 1 close relative was interviewed to assess family suicide behaviour history. A positive history of familial suicide attempts was associated with the chance of an individual attempting suicide. Familial suicide attempts were more […]