Edwin S. Shneidman on Suicide

Edwin S. Shneidman was a father of contemporary suicidology & his work reflected an intensive study of suicide. His contributions are some of the essential studies in the field. The works can be divided into 5 parts: definitional & theoretical; suicide notes; administrative & programmatic; clinical & community; & psychological & postvention. This paper explicates[…]

The Social Worker in a Suicide Prevention Center (IN: Crisis Intervention: Selected Readings, ed. by H J Parad)

The LASPC: the Early Years

Published in “Back to the Future: Refocusing the Image of Suicide,” ed. by J L McIntosh

The Suicide Prevention Center

This article discusses how the institution of the Suicide Prevention Centre (SPC) came to be. The author seeks to indicate what the goals of the SPC are, & how it attempts to acheive these aims. He also describes the operations & functions of the SPC. Clinical aspects, community aspects, & research aspects of SPCs are[…]

From the Los Angeles Suicide Prevention Center to the Crisis Center

This presentation notes that one activity that distinguished the Los Angeles Suicide Prevention Center was the presence of invited fellows. They interacted with clinical staff & stimulated serious discussion about human self destruction. The early 1960s witnessed many resulting contributions from these fellows to the developing discipline of suicidology. The guiding principle of this aspect[…]

The Suicide Prevention Center: Concepts and Clinical Functions (IN: The Psychology of Suicide: a Clinician’s Guide to Evaluation and Treatment, edited by E S Shneidman, N L Farberow & R E Litman)

The first part of this chapter briefly reviews the changes & the current practices at the Los Angeles Suicide Prevention Center. The second part focuses on the clinical functioning of a telephone crisis service, presenting examples of the types of people who use such a service & the demands that are made upon the centre[…]

The Los Angeles Survivors’ After-Suicide Program (IN: The Psychology of Suicide: a Clinician’s Guide to Evaluation and Treatment, edited by E S Shneidman, N L Farberow & R E Litman)

This chapter reports on a study of the Survivors’ After-Suicide Program held at the Los Angeles Suicide Prevention Centre. 60 program participants were compared to 22 controls. Comparison of the ratings of levels of feelings for the 2 groups within the first 4 weeks after death indicated no significant differences between the groups. Feelings of[…]

Assessment in Absentia: the Value of the Psychological Autopsy Method for Studying Antecedents of Suicide and Predicting Future Suicides (IN: Assessment & Prediction of Suicide, ed. by Maris et al)

This chapter provides an historical view of psychological autopsies & highlights some of the findings generated by this form of research, paying particular attention to significant findings, methodological innovations, alternative definitions of the psychological autopsy method, & implications for predicting or averting suicides. It recommends standards & criteria for future psychological autopsy studies & briefly[…]

Suicide (IN: Primary Prevention of Psychiatric Disorders: The Clarence M. Hincks Memorial Lectures, 1967 by C A Roberts)

500 Psychological Autopsies