Belief in suicide prevention myths and its effect on helping: A nationally representative survey of Australian adults

Background: Debunking suicide myths, such as ‘asking someone about suicide could make them start thinking about it’ is a common strategy in suicide prevention education. However, there has been little research investigating the relationship between suicide myths and helping behavior toward people at risk of suicide. We aimed to identify sociodemographic characteristics associated with belief […]

Associations of tabloid newspaper use with endorsement of suicide myths, suicide-related knowledge, and stigmatizing attitudes toward suicidal individuals

Background: Educating the public about suicide is an important component of suicide prevention. So far, little is known about whether common misconceptions of suicide are related to individual tabloid newspaper use. Aims: This study aimed to investigate associations of time spent reading tabloids with endorsement of suicide myths, suicide-related knowledge, and with stigmatizing attitudes toward suicidal individuals. Method:In this […]

Effects of awareness material on suicide-related knowledge and the intention to provide adequate help to suicidal individuals

Background: Little is known about the impact of educative media reports on the intention to provide help to suicidal individuals and on suicide-related knowledge. Aims: To test whether material debunking widely shared myths influences knowledge and the intention to provide adequate help to others, and if such information reduces reading enjoyment. Method: A randomized controlled trial was utilized. […]

The myth of Sisyphus and other essays.


A comprehensive guide to suicidal behaviours: Working with individuals at risk and their families.


Oklahoma Suicide Prevention Toolkit

The goal of this toolkit & training is to provide community advocates the necessary tools to develop & implement successful youth suicide prevention initiatives. Contents of the toolkit include: youth suicide prevention in Oklahoma; effective suicide prevention; youth suicide prevention strategies; getting organized; everyone has a role in youth suicide prevention; why youth participation?; community […]

Youth Suicidal Behavior: an Introduction and Overview

This introductory article to a special issue of this journal provides an overview of youth suicidal behaviour, including research-based information on demographic data; risk factors & warning signs; & where, when, & how youth suicidal behaviour typically occurs. Commons myths & current controversies about youth suicide are also discussed, as are the implications of youth […]

Preventing Adolescent Suicide: an Introduction

This presentation provided an introduction to the topic of adolescent suicide. The causes of adolescent suicide were discussed, including family dysfunction & environmental pressures. The author asserts that knowledge about suicide is the most effective prevention tool & so reviews myths about suicide & the profile of a suicidal or potentially suicidal youth. The presentation […]

Prevention of Suicidal Behaviors: a Task for all

In this editorial, the authors assert suicide is preventable & that everyone should be aware of the warning signs & how to respond to them. Prevention strategies on a societal level are also discussed. (2 refs.)

Chasing Death: Losing a Child to Suicide

This book is written by a mother who lost her 20-year-old son to suicide. It tells his story as well as the experiences of other families mourning the loss of a child to suicide.

Assessing Patients for Suicide Risk

This article is intended to help nurses update their knowledge of suicide risk factors & prevention strategies. It also provides guidelines for effective intervention. (15 refs.)

Suicide and Suicide Prevention

This article discusses the incidence of suicide in Malta, examining protective factors, who is most at risk, myths about suicide, & cognitive styles of people who feel suicidal. There is a call for the Maltese Ministry of Health to give priority to the prevention of suicide. (4 refs.)

After a Suicide: a Postvention Primer for Providers

This article provides information on suicide postvention for emergency providers. A range of topics are discussed including: how recovery relates to suicide loss; mental illness & suicide; suicide loss & mental illness; what suicide postvention is; what is different about suicide loss; stressors at a suicide scene; the immediate needs of suicide grievers; misconceptions about […]

Myths and Facts About Suicide From Individuals Involved in Suicide Prevention

Myth-busting, in which a so-called myth is presented & dispelled by facts, is used in suicide prevention gatekeeper trainings such as QPR. Evidence from other areas of public health show this technique leads to memory for myths & not facts. An internet survey was used to determine if the myths & facts presented in QPR […]

The Art of Conversation: a Guide to Talking, Listening and Reducing Stigma Surrounding Suicide.

This public information booklet discusses myths about suicide, suicide in Scotland, clues that may indicate someone is suicidal, & strategies for helping a person at risk. The booklet provides advice on how to start difficult conversations & active listening. A list of suicide prevention resources is also included.

The Media and the Holiday Suicide Myth: Press Reporting of the Link Declines

The myth that suicide rates increase around Christmas has frequently appeared in the media. Since 2000, the Annenberg Public Policy Center has analyzed American newspaper articles linking end-of-year holidays & suicide. Results show the percentage of stories debunking the myth has more than doubled since the survey was started.

Suicide Among Indigenous Peoples. The Usefulness of the Human Relations Area Files


Understanding Suicidal Ideation and Assessing for Risk (IN: Suicide: Strategies and Interventions for Reduction and Prevention, ed. by S Palmer)


Responding to People at Risk of Suicide


Facts and Myths About Suicide: a Study of Jewish and Arab Students in Israel

This research investigates the knowledge & myths about suicide among a random sample of 450 undergraduates in Israel & examaines whether they are affected by ethnic origin, gender, & religiosity. The level of Israeli students’ knowledge about suicide is generally good. There are significant differences, however, between the Jewish & Arab students in knowledge about […]

Suicide: What Leads People to Kill Themselves?


Preventing Suicide: a Resource for the Family

The family can play an important role in the prevention of suicide if it is capable of aiding the mental health care services in the early detection & management of family members at risk. This article provides information on myths about suicide, risk groups, & prevention. (12 refs.)

Half in Love With Death: Managing the Chronically Suicidal Patient

This book includes the following chapters: suicidality & suicide; the inner world of the chronically suicidal patient; suicidality in childhood & adolescence; chronic suicidality & personality disorders; myths of suicide prevention; psychotherapy research & chronic suicidality; pharmacotherapy & chronic suicidality; tolerating chronic suicidality; managing chronic suicidality; & suicidality & litigation. The book concludes with a […]