The moral and political economy of suicide prevention

Suicide prevention occurs within a web of social, moral, and political relations that are acknowledged, yet rarely made explicit. In this work, I analyse these interrelations using concepts of moral and political economy to demonstrate how moral norms and values interconnect with political and economic systems to inform the way suicide prevention is structured, legitimated, […]

Dynamic Diffusion Network: Advancing moral injury care and suicide prevention using an innovative model

Healthcare providers across a wide variety of settings face a common challenge: the need to provide real time care for complex problems that are not adequately addressed by existing protocols. In response to these intervention gaps, frontline providers may utilize existing evidence to develop new approaches that are tailored to specific problems. It is imperative […]

Stories worth telling: Moral experiences of suicidal behavior

Moral constructions of suicide are deliberately avoided in contemporary suicidology, yet morality persists, little or imperfectly acknowledged, in its practices and in the policies, discourses, and instruments that it underpins. This study used narrative methodologies to examine the normative force of suicidology and its implications for persons who had engaged in an act of nonfatal […]

The ethics of suicide.


Ethical considerations and social media: a case of suicidal postings on Facebook.

Social media sites such as Facebook are increasingly accessed and used by mental health professionals and clients alike, creating fertile ground for ethical challenges and complex decision making. We review a case report in which a clinician discovers suicidal ideation on Facebook (in the form of both photos and explicit statements) by a client with […]

To save a life.


Why they die: Curing the death wish in our kids.

Why They Die: Curing the Death Wish in Our Kids will… ¥Provide you with life-saving information to rescue and help someone you know ¥Teach you 11 common myths that kill kids ¥Teach you the predisposing factors that make a person vulnerable to suicide ¥Help you minimize the risk and provide prevention through thoughtful guidance and […]

Suicide and the State: the Ethics of Involuntary Hospitalization for Suicidal Patients

In this essay, the author first presents the argument that involuntary hospitalization is justified, & then presents the view that involuntary hospitalization is never justified. It is concluded that involuntary commitment is sometimes justified, but that the rules governing the institution need to be dramatically altered. (21 refs.) JA Contact us for a copy of […]

Suicide Assessment and Treatment: Empirical and Evidence-Based Practices

This book includes the following chapters: ethical & philosophical issues in suicide; the role of culture, race, & ethnicity in suicide; religion & suicide; assessment; crisis intervention & suicide; cognitive behavioural therapy & suicide; dialectical behavior therapy & suicide; interpersonal psychotherapy & suicide; child & adolescent suicide; adult suicide; older adult suicide; schizophrenia & suicide; […]

Resolving Ethical Dilemmas in Suicide Prevention: the Case of Telephone Helpline Rescue Policies

The ethical basis of suicide prevention is illustrated by contrasting helpline emergency rescue policies of the Samaritans & the American Association of Suicidology and the United States National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network. The authors contrast moralist, relativist, & libertarian ethical premises & question whether suicide can be rational. Samaritans respect a caller’s right to decide […]

Care of the Suicidal Person

This book is based on a 3-year qualitative study that investigated how psychiatric nurses provided care for suicidal people. Drawing on service user data, this book contains & explains an evidence-based theory of how to care for suicidal people. In addition to tracing the role of nurses, the authors use their findings to launch into […]

Ethical and Legal Issues in Suicide Research

Moralist, libertarian, & relativist ethical positions concerning suicide & its prevention are presented in order to clarify premises upon which ethical issues in suicide research may be resolved. Ethical concerns are differentiated from legal considerations & the implications of the vulnerability of suicidology research participants are discussed. Specific issues that arise in design, choice of […]

Reflections on Suicide Research: Challenges, Opportunities, Moral Imperatives

In order to review progress in the field, this paper offers a bird’s eye view on the topic of suicidal behaviour as seen through the eyes of the investigator, the difficulties to parcel out various sources of knowledge, as well as the moral imperatives that govern an otherwise deep domain of psychiatry. The main message, […]

Ethical Suicide Research: a Survey of Researchers


Suicide and Ethics: the Gauntlet is on the Ground

In this article, the author questions if anything is happening in terms of defining recommended competencies in suicide risk assessment for healthcare professionals, teaching these, & integrating them into university, graduate school, internship, & residency curricula. Among other questions, he also asks what the timeline is for recommended enhancements in practice standards.

Psychological Strains Found From in-Depth Interviews With 105 Chinese Rural Youth Suicides


Moral Objections to Suicide: can They Counteract Suicidality in Patients With Cluster B Psychopathology?


Permission to Suicide

The presenter made a philosophical exploration of basic issues in suicide prevention. The first question posed was whether suicide is ever rational. The discussion then moved to whether or not a counsellor should intervene; it is asserted the therapist has a duty to intervene if there are signs of ambivalence. The discussion ended with thoughts […]

Should we try to Prevent Suicide?

This presentation discussed when suicide prevention is morally permissible. It was suggested there are two situations when intervention should occur: when the suicidal act is immoral (this sort of prevention is said to be sometimes justified); or, secondly, when it is against an individual’s (or someone else’s) interests & the individual is not responsible for […]

Suicide in the Ancient World: a Re-Examination of Matthew 27:3-10

The death of Judas in the gospel of Matthew has been widely interpreted in a negative light, perhaps as a result of viewing his suicide through post-Augustinian eyes. The aim of this paper is to propose a new understanding of the death of Judas by examining the valuation of suicide within the context of the […]

‘Round-Table’ Ethical Debate: is a Suicide Note an Authoritative ‘Living Will’

Living wills are often considered by physicians who are faced with a dying patient. Although popular with the general public, problems of authenticity & authority remain. There is little consensus on what spectrum of instruments constitutes a binding advance directive in real life. In this article, a panel of experts consider whether a suicide note […]

Suicidal Intention and Self-Immolation: What is the Outcome?

The authors comment on an article by Thombs & Bresnick (2008) in which they reported data from the American Burn Association National Burn Repository found no difference in mortality or length of stay in patients whose injuries were self-inflicted compared with those whose burns were caused by accident. (16 refs.)

Moral Perspectives on the Prevention of Suicide in Mental Health Settings