Trends in suicide rates during the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions in a major German city

Aims: It remains unclear whether the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is having an impact on suicide rates (SR). Economic insecurity and mental disorders are risk factors for suicide, which may increase during the pandemic.
Methods: Data on suicide events in a major city in Germany, and the corresponding life years (LY) were provided[…]

Euthanasia distress and fearlessness about death in German veterinarians

Background: The elevated risk of suicide in veterinarians is still not well understood, but euthanasia distress and increased fearlessness about death (FAD) have been discussed as specific risk factors. Aims: We investigated German veterinarians to test whether FAD is increased compared with the general population, whether FAD is associated with euthanasia distress, and whether there are differences between[…]

Physical activity, mental and physical health during the Covid‑19 outbreak: Longitudinal predictors of suicide ideation in Germany

Aim: Suicide ideation has increased since the outbreak of Covid-19 in many countries. The present longitudinal study investigated potential predictors of suicide ideation. Subject and methods: Data of 406 participants from Germany (age M = 27.69, SD = 6.88) were assessed via online surveys in spring 2020 (baseline, BL) and in spring 2021 (follow-up, FU). Results: The current results reveal a significant[…]

Suicide literacy and suicide stigma: Results of a population survey from Germany

Background: While a growing number of studies analyze the magnitude and predictors of mental health literacy, little is known about suicide-specific knowledge and beliefs (“suicide literacy”). Aims: To examine suicide literacy among the German population and to investigate associations between suicide literacy and suicide stigma. Methods: Telephone interviews were conducted in Germany (N = 2002, response rate: 47.3%). The literacy[…]

Depression, suicidal ideation and suicide risk in German veterinarians compared with the general German population

Background Higher rates of depression, suicidal ideation and suicide risk have been reported for veterinarians in various studies worldwide. This study investigates whether this is also true for German veterinarians. Methods A total of 3.118 veterinarians (78.8 per cent female, mean age 41.3 years) between 22 and 69[…]

Suicides between 2010 and 2014 in the German Armed Forces: Comparison of suicide registry data and a German Armed Forces survey

The last 10 years have seen an increase in the number of suicides in the US Armed Forces. Accordingly, the topic of suicides in the German military has received a lot of attention in media and science alike.
This study retrospectively examined all suicides (N = 107) committed by active, nonretired German military[…]

Prevalence, onset, and course of suicidal behavior among adolescents and young adults in Germany

Objectives  To provide lifetime and 12-month prevalence estimates of suicidal behavior, including ideation, plan, and attempt, in adolescents and young adults of the general population, and to provide information about age at onset, temporal characteristics of suicidal behavior, including duration (number of years between onset and last occurrence) and frequency (number of episodes), and transition patterns[…]

Suicide on Instagram: Content analysis of a German suicide-related hashtag

Background: Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15–29-year-olds globally. Unfortunately, the suicide-related content on Instagram, a popular social media platform for youth, has not received the scholarly attention it deserves. Method: The present study provides a content analysis of posts tagged as #selbstmord, a German suicide-related hashtag. These posts were created between July 5 and[…]

A comparison of note writers and no note writers in homicide-suicide cases in Germany.

The aim of this study is to investigate potential differences between homicide-suicide cases in which the perpetrator does or does not write a suicide note. As homicide-suicides are complex types of lethal violence for which the aggressor cannot be held accountable, suicide notes may be a valuable source of information about the background of these[…]

Prevalence and correlates of self-harm in the German general population.

The study aimed at evaluating the psychometric properties of the German version of the Self- Harm Inventory (SHI) and examining the lifetime prevalence and correlates of self-harm in a representative German population sample (N = 2,507; age mean = 48.79, SD = 18.11; range 14 to 94 years; 55.5% women) using the SHI. All participants[…]