Exploring the phenomenon of intrusive mental imagery after suicide bereavement: A qualitative interview study in a British sample

Introduction Each year an estimated 48 million people are bereaved by suicide internationally. Following traumatic events, experiencing intrusive mental imagery relating to the trauma is not uncommon. This phenomenological study aimed to explore the nature, experience and impact of intrusive mental imagery after suicide bereavement. Methods Semi-structured interview transcripts with 18 adults bereaved by the […]

Mental imagery of suicide and non-suicidal self-injury: A meta-analysis and systematic review

Background: The vast majority of research on, and clinical assessment of, cognitions related to suicide and non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) has focused on verbal thoughts. And yet, mental imagery is more realistic and emotionally arousing than verbal thoughts. Methods: We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis documenting the prevalence of suicidal and NSSI mental imagery and describing the […]

Mental images of suicide: Theoretical framework and preliminary findings in youth

Suicide is the second leading cause of death in young people between 10 and 24 years old. There is a clear need to identify novel treatment targets in order to develop more effective strategies to reduce the massive impact of youth suicide. This paper discusses ‘suicidal flashforwards’ as a potential novel target. Suicidal flashforwards are […]

Visual mental imagery and symptoms of depression: Results from a large-scale web-based study.

Mental imagery may influence the onset and maintenance of depression, but specific mechanisms have not yet been determined. Methods: Nine hundred twelve participants completed questionnaires on positive and negative mental images, as well as images of injury and death that lead to positive emotions (ÒID-imagesÓ), and depressive symptomatology. The assessment was carried out online to […]

Responses to online photographs of non-suicidal self-injury: a thematic analysis.

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