Kant reed or spl gud, dnt wanta live: youth, learning disabilities and suicide.


Impact of a Mental Health Teaching Programme on Adolescents

This study assessed the impact of a mental health teaching programme on adolescent pupils. A 2-group pre-test-post-test control study was done in 2 English secondary schools. Experimental classes received 6 lessons on mental health (including suicide/self-harm), control classes did not. Understanding was measured at 2 time points, 8 months apart. Pupils in the experimental classes […]

Diagnostic Morbidity and its Relationship to Severity of Ideation for a Nonpsychiatric Sample of Chronic and Severe Suicide Ideators

This study examined the relationships of frequency & type of psychiatric diagnosis to suicidality in a sample of 78 chronically & severely ideating college-age students. The most common diagnoses were depressive & anxiety disorders. Retrospective reports of childhood diagnoses were also quite common. Number of psychiatric diagnoses was significantly correlated with severity of suicide ideation. […]

Talking Together About Death: a Bereavement Pack for People With Learning Disabilities, Their Families & Carers

This resource pack is specifically designed for families & carers to share the experience of death & bereavement with those with learning disabiliites. The package is set up so that materials can be selected to best meet the needs of the individual in exploring, discussing, & sharing personal feelings & experiences. The package contains a […]

A Review of Suicidality in Persons With Intellectual Disability


Take the Dimness of my Soul Away: Healing After a Loved One’s Suicide

In 1994, the author’s adult son died by suicide. This book is a collection of the sermons he preached on the subject – the first one three weeks after his son’s death & the final one, nine years later. The book chronicles Ritter’s difficult & life-changing healing process.

Suicide and Asperger’s Syndrome


Adolescents With Learning Disability and Psychiatric Illness: two Case Reports


Suicide and the Exceptional Child. ERIC Digest #E508 ED 340 152

Reading Disabilities, Drop-out, and Suicidal Behavior

Ryan’s Story


Adolescents With Learning Disabilities: Risk and Protective Factors Associated With Emotional Well-Being: Findings From the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health

File copy includes erratum published in Journal of Adolescent Health, v.28, no.4, (April 2001), p.355

Bereavement Interventions for People With Learning Disabilities: ‘My Mother’s Name was Marjorie’

In response to research showing that people with learning disabilities experience significantly more emotional difficulties following bereavement than the general population, a research study was set up to find an intervention that could be shown to be beneficial to bereaved people with learning disabilities. This paper reports on the findings, comparing two very different types […]

Does it Hurt to die? Bereavement Work to Help People With Learning Disabilities

Recognising the need for specialist educational support for bereaved people with learning disabilities, the authors set up a programme to help a group of eight learning disabled people come to terms with multiple or major losses. The programme, a series of ten workshops, was designed to explore a wide range of issues surrounding loss. Results […]

Suicidality After Traumatic Brain Injury: Demographic, Injury and Clinical Correlates

This study examined the prevalence & demographic, injury, & clinical correlates of hopelessness, suicidal ideation & suicide attempts after a traumatic brain injury. Of the 172 participants, 23% reported suicidal ideations & 18% made a suicide attempt following the injury. There was a high degree of co-morbidity between suicide attempts & emotional/psychiatric disturbance. The authors […]

Suicide Prevention Training for Aboriginal Young Adults With Learning Disabilities From Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/Fetal Alchol Effects (FAS/FAE)

This paper attempts to address some of the issues facing all those who work with & support young adults living with FAS/FAE. It discusses the characteristics & common factors which are part of the developmental process of FAS/FAE. It then reviews certain literature to discover what others have accomplished in defining strategies for facilitators, trainers […]

Adolescent Suicide and Learning Disabilities: a Causal Connection?

Andy, why did you Have to go? A Mother’s Intimate Reflections on the Life and Suicide of a son

Life After Death: Critical Pedagogy in an Urban Classroom

Stress, Depression, and Suicide Among Students With Learning Disabilities: Assessing the Risk

Research on stress, depression & suicide among adolescents with learning disabilities is reviewed from the risk-resilience perspective. Reasons why these adolescents may be at increased risk of suicide are discussed. Data indicate that certain subgroups among adolescents with learning disabilities manifest higher rates of depression; some evidence also supports an increased suicide risk. Methodological problems […]

Learning Disabilities and Adolescent Suicide

27 suicide notes from 267 consecutive adolescent suicides were analyzed for spelling & handwriting errors. The suicide notes were dictated to adolescents with learning disabilities & adolescent non-learning disabled controls. 89% of the 27 adolescents who completed suicide had significant deficits in spelling & handwriting similar to those of the learning disabled adolescents. They were […]

The Prevention of Mental Illness in Primary Care (WM 140.P74 1996)

This edited book is intended as a handbook for general practitioners, other members of primary health care teams, mental health professionals working in primary care, & academics & educators. Contributors have reviewed the current state of research in the prevention of mental illness & emphasized what practical measures primary health care teams can take to […]

Depression and Suicide: Special Education Students at Risk

Information on youth suicide, as well as on depression & suicide in special education students, is provided. Official & unofficial statistics are given for suicide-related statistics in youth ages 2.5-24. Listed are risk factors related to youth suicide, & symptoms of depression. The effect of media on suicide rates is discussed. Actions practitioners should take […]