From Critical Incident Stress to Police Suicide: Prevention Through Mandatory Academy and On-the-Job Training Programs (In: Suicide and Law Enforcement, edited by D C Sheehan & J I Warren)

This chapter examines the practical side of dealing proactively with the stress encountered by police officers on a daily basis, stress that when dismissed as part of the job generates disastrous outcomes. The specific emphasis is on understanding critical incident stress & its impact. A practical outline of mandatory training, both at the academy & […]

Special Reference to Employee Knowledge About Depression and Suicide: Baseline Results of a Workplace-Based Mental Health Support Program

An office in Saitama Prefecture, Japan had been provided with a mental health support program. An initial questionnaire survey was conducted in December 1999. 216 people responded; most had stressful schedules & demanding jobs. Their subjective well-being was generally poorer relative to the reference. The mean score of knowledge about depression & suicide was 10.5 […]

Do Increasing Adolescent Suicide Rates Result in Increasing Prevention/postvention Programs in Ohio Schools?: a Survey

Accident and Emergency Nurses’ Attitudes Towards Patients who Self-Harm

As adapted version of the Suicide Opinion Questionnaire was used to assess attitudes towards patients with deliberate self-harm. Data were collected from 43 registered nurses in the Accident & Emergency department of a major city hospital in Australia. Most nurses had received no educational preparation to care for patients with self-harm. Over 20% claimed the […]

Youth Suicide Prevention: a Survey of Public School Superintendents’ Acceptability of School-Based Programs

From a random sample of members of the 2000-2001 membership directory of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), public school administrators’ acceptability ratings of 3 school-based programs for the prevention of adolescent suicide were examined. Results indicated that superintendents rated staff in-service training & curriculum-based programs as significantly more acceptable than school-wide screening programs, […]

Suicide Prevention in Crisis Accomodation Services: Recognising the Signs Amongst the Crisis

This presentation discussed the role of crisis accommodation services in the prevention of suicide. Prioritising, communication, connection, case management, & interagency referrals were described as means of prevention. The issue of client rights in relation to crisis accommodation & the role of suicide intervention was addressed. Quality of life issues & interactive in-house education as […]

School-Based Prevention of Adolescent Suicide: Issues, Obstacles, and Recommendations for Practice

In this review, a number of adolescent suicide prevention procedures are examined, along with available empirical research regarding their effectiveness. Although research in this area is somewhat limited, school personnel are nevertheless encouraged to be proactive in leading school-based prevention efforts. Conclusions and recommendations for school-based practitioners are presented. (76 refs.)

Adolescent Suicide Prevention: Acceptability of School-Based Programs Among Secondary School Principals

185 high school principals completed a survey designed to evaluate the acceptability of suicide prevention programs. The results indicated that the curriculum-based & staff in-service programs were significantly more acceptable to principals than was the schoolwide student screeening program. No significant differences were found between the acceptability of curriculum-based & inservice programs. Limitations of the […]

Schools: Prevention and Postvention Strategies

This manual includes the following: the role of the teacher, outline for teachers programme, prevention strategies, lesson plans for schools, parent notification & postvention strategies for schools. The section on postvention includes: objectives, community involvement, communicating information, counselling, staff support, commnicating with the media, the surviving family, funeral service & memorials, follow-up, suggested action steps […]

Orientation Manual for new Suicide Prevention Program Coordinators

This orientation manual provides information for new coordinators of suicide prevention programs in Alberta. The Alberta Model of Suicide Prevention is outlined. The 3 goals of suicide prevention in Alberta & 6 strategies to obtain these goals are discussed. The 6 steps in developing effective community-based programs are described. Appendices describe the history of suicide […]

From Systems Crisis to a Caring Continuum

A liaison program which links the mental health & education systems in Somerset County, New Jersey is described. Schools can choose which inservice they need, e.g. the identification & referral of suicidal students. The program has been utilized to the extent of the number & nature of crises in county schools. In addition to schools, […]

Youth Suicide Prevention: a Guide for Trainers of Adult Programs – With Student Materials Included

This guide is meant to train adults to encourage positive emotional development among adolescents & to raise the awareness level of all adults who come into contact with youth who may be suicidal. The Guide is divided into 10 sections covering topics such as: warning signs; intervention; postvention; & helping survivors. Appendices include supplemental activities, […]

The Stress of Patient Suicidal Behavior: Implications for Interns and Training Programs in Psychology

Patient suicide can have a significant emotional impact on the training clinician. An estimated 40% of psychology trainees have a patient suicide or a patient suicide attempt. A concept of systematic response called psychological resynthesis is proposed for interns & training programs that must cope with the aftermath of patient suicides or suicide attempts. Suggestions […]

Let’s Live! A School-Based Suicide Awareness and Intervention Program. Inservice Guide and Teachers’ Resource Manual


Suicide Prevention Program Staff Guide: Suicide Prevention Program for Runaway Shelter Staff


Suicide Prevention in Schools. Facing the Challenge. (IN: Effective Consultation in School Psychology, ed. by E Cole and J A Siegel)

This article describes background information on suicide to help school psychologists prevent suicides, as well as manage after a suicide. Specific topics discussed include: professional development for staff, guidelines for a prevention program, theoretical perspectives on suicide, adolescent depression, & assessment & response to signals of distress. A guide to audiovisual resources, & the text […]

A Season of Loss: Training Manual for the Prevention of Elderly Depression and Suicide

This training manual includes an overview of depression and suicide in the elderly. Ethical and sociological theories, therapeutic interventions and models of suicide are discussed. Tables include: suicide rates in age groups, Osgood’s Model of Aging Process & Suicide, Stages of Suicide Thought Model, the Suicide Prevention Triangle.

Developing Administrative Policy for Suicidal Patients

This article details how a 500 bed hospital developed & implemented a hospital-wide policy for dealing with suicidal patients. Included are the resultant guidelines & the flow chart developed for easy reference. As a result of this newly designed policy, the hospital is able to provide consistently safe care to high risk patients, furnish staff […]

Difficult Clients: Those We Wish We Didn’t Hate

A workshop model designed to offer caregivers a greater awareness of their power with, and responsibility to, difficult clients is descibed. The six steps of the model include identifying different client’s styles, emotional reactions of the caregiver, nontherapeutic attitudes and behavior of caregivers, individual and organizational parameters, client needs re. caregiver and organizational limits, and […]

Beyond Suicide Awareness: School Strategies

The Suicide Prevention Project is an intensive crisis intervention training program for internal resource staff in the school such as school psychologists, social workers, nurses, and guidance counselors. The 3 guiding principles include: astrong belief in addressing both the cognitive & affective aspects in teaching suicide prevention, building concrete skills through a “how-to” approach, & […]

Student Intervention Services

Services provided under the Outreach Umbrella, a community service, are described. On 24 hour availability are: Information and Assistance Services, a Crisis Contact, Psychiatric consultation and Student Intervention Services or SIS. The 5 components of the SIS program are: Prevention, Early Identification, Intervention, Therapy/Treatment & Reentry/Support/Aftercare. The role of the Student Intervention Counselor within the […]

Standards for Training in Crisis and Suicide Intervention (IN: Suicide, Assessment and Intervention, ed. by C L Hatton and S M Valente)

Eight standards for training programs are provided as guidelines for the evaluation or preparation of suicide intervention courses. These behavioral objectives aid in evaluating programs as to on this content, skill, attitude & knowledge level resulting from the training. Each of the 8 standards of the training procedure is rated for how well it is […]

DODDS – Germany. School Action Plan for Suicide Prevention

This plan is for use in schools & communities as a guide for staff training, parent awareness & classroom curriculum. Part I gives an overview of youth suicide & provides some definitions. Part II lists the steps of the School Action Plan, including prevention, intervention & postvention. Part III is an attachment section containing resources […]