This article describes one hospital’s inpatient admission screening process. Through an interdisciplinary team of nurses, social workers, nursing care coordination, computer clinical analyst, staff education, & management, a prescreening tool/process was developed that identified medical patients with emotional or behavioural disorders & at risk for suicide. A 4-item suicide risk tool was piloted & revised. […]
This article provides a brief description of the United States Army Medical Department Behavioral Health Proponency, an effort to bring together different disciplines & initiatives under one central organization. Three areas will be addressed: suicide prevention, administrative separations, & posttraumatic stress disorder/traumatic brain injury. The Proponency has been working to improve surveillance, decrease stigma, & […]
This article describes a new toxicology service specifically tailored to help patients who have taken drug overdoses. This service is located in St. Thomas Hospital in south London.
Collaboration Between General Hospitals and Community Health Services in the Care of Suicide Attempters in Norway: a Longitudinal Study
Collaboration between emergency departments in general hospitals & community health services in Norway when providing psychosocial care & aftercare to suicide attempt patients treated in emergency departments was studied. Data were collected through structured interviews with informants from 95% of all general hospitals in 1999 & 2006, & informants from a stratified sample of municipalities […]
The Attitudes of Emergency Staff Toward Attempted Suicide Patients. A Comparative Study Before and After Establishment of a Psychiatric Consultation Service
This study compared the attitudes of Finnish emergency room staff in a general hospital toward patients who had attempted suicide before & after establishment of a psychiatric consultation service. Attitudes were measured on the Understanding Suicidal Patients Scale. 100 participants returned the questionnaire. General understanding & willingness to nurse patients who attempted suicide did not […]
Drawing predominantly on the North American background & perspective, this paper offers a brief overview of the integration of suicide survivors within the suicidology academe. It explores rationales for forming such collaborations & provides some examples of successful alliances. The paper adopts a critical stance & highlights a number of blocks to collaboration. The paper […]
Background Document for The Thematic Conference on Prevention of Depression and Suicide Under the European Pact for Mental Health and Wellbeing
This document provided background information for a conference on the prevention of depression & suicide held in Budapest in December 2009. Topics discussed include: the relevance for the European Union; strategies, policy frameworks & targets; addressing determinants & risk factors; mainstreaming mental health in health disciplines; building partnerships with other policies & sectors; e-health, internet […]
This presentation discussed the preliminary evaluation of the Family Consultant program of the London (Ontario) Police Department. The program featured a crisis intervention team operating in conjunction with the municipal police force. Results of the evaluation suggested the program appeared to be an effective & useful mechanism for crisis intervention.
This editorial discusses the need to translate research findings to clinical practice & preventive interventions. (13 refs.)
There are two parts to this guideline. The first deals with the definition of “suicide hotspot”, outlines the range of measures that can be taken to improve safety at such locations, & summarises the evidence of effectiveness. The second part describes a process for identifying & managing suicide hotspots at the local level based on […]
Self-Directed Violence: a Multidisciplinary Approach to the Prevention and Management of Adolescent Suicidal Behaviour
Print copy indicates, incorrectly, this article was published in Volume 19, Issue 3, 2006.
This study sought to assess the effectiveness of a firearms risk management program that was developed & implemented among 46 civilly committed psychiatric inpatients at a behavioural health organization. The research sample comprised mainly men who had personality disorders & histories of substance abuse & who had expressed an intent to use a firearm to […]