Setting up suicide prevention plans at the local level: The methodology of focus groups with stakeholders.


“It Takes a Community” Report on the Summit on Opportunities for Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention in Senior Living Communities

In October 2008, a meeting was held in Gaithersburg, Maryland regarding opportunities for mental health promotion & suicide prevention in senior living communities. This report provides the proceedings from the meeting. The discussions included topics such as the human cost of untreated mental illness, hearing the voices of residents, suicide in older adults, whole-population approaches […]

Perceptions Regarding Male Suicide and Preventative Services in Co. Kilkenny

This research set out to identify gaps in services & existing policies in addressing suicide among young rural men in County Kilkenny, Ireland. Data were obtained from interviews with service providers & focus group discussions with 15 young men. Results indicated none of the service providers had a specific focus on the problem of suicide […]

Identifying Colonial Discourses in Inupiat Young People’s Narratives as a way to Understand the No Future of Inupiat Youth Suicide

Alaska Native youth suffer disproportionately from suicide. Some researchers explain this by pointing to social disintegration brought on by rapid social change, but few make the connection to an ongoing colonialism explicit. This paper articulates some of the ways that colonial discourses affect Inupiat young people’s self-conceptions, perceived choices, &, consequently, their behavioural health. Inupiat […]

Towards the Development of a Nunavut Suicide Prevention Strategy: a Summary Report on the 2009 Community Consultations

To ensure that all perspectives on suicide were considered, the Working Group for a Nunavut Suicide Prevention Strategy organized a wide-ranging consultation in the summer of 2009. A total of 54 consultations were held; 251 people shared their views. This report describes what the participants said, dividing their comments into 2 groups: general comments on […]

Taranaki Suicide Prevention Needs Assessment

This report provides the results of a needs assessment conducted in the Taranaki region of New Zealand. 7 chapters discuss: data & methods; suicide in Taranaki; self-harm in Taranaki; suicide prevention in Taranaki; suicide prevention training & coordination; service mapping against the national suicide prevention action plan of 2008; & recommendations. Appendices provide the information […]

Lifeline Service and Outreach Strategies Suggested by Suicide Attempt Survivors. Final Report of the Attempt Survivor Advisory Summit Meeting and Individual Interviews

In June 2006, the Steering Committee of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Network identified better outreach & service to suicide attempt survivors as a strategy for reducing suicide nationally. A workplan identified direct input from survivors as a necessary & valuable method for clarifying their unique needs. Attempt survivors shared their experiences & perspectives at […]

Attitudes and Beliefs of Adolescents and Parents Regarding Adolescent Suicide

This qualitative study used focus groups to elicit the thoughts of adolescents & parents of adolescents regarding adolescent suicide. 66 adolescents & 30 parents participated in 13 focus groups in Chicago, Illinois & the Kansas City, Kansas area. Both adolescents & parents recognized adolescent suicide as a major problem, but not for their own communities. […]

Background Report to a Plan for a Mental Health Research Program for Alberta: Aboriginal Forum Summary Report

This report presents the ideas, expressed wishes, & concerns expressed by Aboriginal participants attending a forum on the mental health research plan for Alberta. 3 major themes were delineated from participant comments: the importance of knowing the Aboriginal community & building relationships; the importance of involving the Aboriginal community; & the importance of recognizing, respecting, […]

Discussions of Aboriginal Youth Suicide: a Preliminary Report


Research Priorities in Suicide Prevention: a Qualitative Study of Stakeholders’ Views


Solving Suicidal Problems Online: who Turns to the Internet for Help?


Qualitative Study of Suicidality and Help-Seeking Behaviors in African American Adolescents


Impact of Patient Suicide on Front-Line Staff in Ireland

A survey of 447 front-line Irish professionals’ experiences of patient suicide was undertaken to further explore the issues associated with such a loss. Thematic analysis of open-ended questionnaire items revealed that concerns for the bereaved family, feelings of responsibility for the death, & having a close therapeutic relationship with the client are key factors that […]

Developing Guidelines for Campus Suicide Prevention Anti-Stigma Posters: a Focus Group Approach (IN: Compelling Counseling Interventions: VISTAS 2009, edited by G R Walz, J C Bleuer, & R K Yep)

This chapter describes an anti-stigma project designed to increase early identification of at-risk college students & increase conducive help-seeking attitudes & behaviours among the campus community. Anti-stigma guidelines will be utilized to develop slogans & artwork for the campus. (5 refs.)

Examining Student Perspectives on Suicidal Behaviour and its Prevention in Sri Lanka

This article describes a qualitative study of student perspectives on suicidal behaviour & its prevention. Focus groups were held with students 17-20 years of age. A discussion of the perceived causes of suicidal behaviour provided the context for discussing prevention efforts. Participants identified pathways to suicidal behaviour & emphasized experiential aspects & the variability of […]

Background Report to a Plan for a Mental Health Research Program for Alberta: Reflecting Input From Regional, Community, and Research Community Forums

This report presents the results of the Alberta Provincial Mental Health Research Plan Stakeholder Forums held in the Fall of 2004. The groups were asked to consider four questions: to what extent is the emerging mental health research strategy directionally correct? to what extent does the plan address the issues & priorities of the stakeholder […]

Disconnected Youth: a Needs Assessment August 2007


“Focus Groups can be fun”: the use of Activity-Oriented Questions in Focus Group Discussions


Winthrop Community Study: a Summary of Findings

This report summarizes the findings of an epidemiological study that included focus groups in an attempt to help determine & better understand the risk factors that may have been associated with the prevalence of suicidal behaviour in Winthrop, Maine. The community experienced the suicide deaths of 5 young men from 2003-2005. Using these findings, the […]

Correlates of Suicide in Building Industry Workers

The incidence & causes of suicide in the construction industry in Queensland were examined using psychological autopsy & focus group investigations. A total of 64 male suicides occurred over a 7-year period, representing a crude suicide rate of 40.3 per 100,000, significantly greater than the working age Australian male rate. Young employess were at excessive […]

Reporting Suicide and Mental Illness for Indigenous Australians

This paper is based on a consultation conducted with Indigenous Australian communities in 2004 to gather information on their opinions & understandings about possible negative & positive effects of media coverage about suicide, mental health, & mental illness. This article summarises key issues raised in the consultations, reflects on discussions with Indigenous media, comments on […]

Suicide Prevention: Inuit Traditional Practices That Encouraged Resilience and Coping

Focus groups with Elders were held in each Canadian Inuit region to gather information about the values & methods that helped Inuit overcome problems & survive even when life was very difficult. Several traditional values were identified from which specific helping & coping behaviours arose. The Elders also provided guidelines to help prevent the loss […]