The impact of natural disasters on suicide in the United States, 2003-2015

Background: Natural disasters are increasing in frequency and severity and impacted populations develop mental health conditions at higher rates than those not impacted. Aims: In this study, we investigate the association between exposure to a major natural disaster and suicide in the US. Method: Using county-level data on disaster declarations, mortality files, and population data, suicide rates were estimated for […]

Suicide death rate after disasters: A meta-analysis study

Background Disasters have undesirable effects on health among individuals such as psychosocial disorders which may lead lead to suicide in some cases. Thus, the present study aimed to measure the rate of suicide death after disasters all over the world. Methods In the present meta-analysis study, all of the articles published in English until the […]

Trends in mental illness and suicidality after Hurricane Katrina

A representative sample of 815 pre-hurricane residents of the areas affected by Hurricane Katrina was interviewed 5-8 months after the hurricane and again one year later as the Hurricane Katrina Community Advisory Group (CAG). The follow-up survey was carried out to study patterns-correlates of recovery from hurricane-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), broader anxiety-mood disorders, and […]

Suicidal behaviours after natural disasters: Trends and impacting factors (IN Handbook of public health in natural disasters, edited by R. Watson, J. Tabor, J. Ehiri & V. Preedy).

Various consequences including suicidal behaviours can arise in the aftermath of natural disasters. This chapter aims to give an overview of the existing theories and empirical research on natural disasters in relation to suicidal behaviours. Despite the fact that studies show different patterns of suicide mortality following natural disasters, there seems to be a drop […]

Mental illness and suicidality after Hurricane Katrina.

OBJECTIVE: To estimate the impact of Hurricane Katrina on mental illness and suicidality by comparing results of a post-Katrina survey with those of an earlier survey. METHODS: The National Comorbidity Survey-Replication, conducted between February 2001 and February 2003, interviewed 826 adults in the Census Divisions later affected by Hurricane Katrina. The post-Katrina survey interviewed a […]

The relationship between posttraumatic stress symptoms and suicide ideation among child survivors following the Wenchuan earthquake.

The association between posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms and suicide ideation was examined in a sample of 2,298 child survivors of the Wenchuan earthquake. Results indicated that intrusion, avoidance, hyperarousal symptom clusters, and PTSD total score were significantly associated with suicide ideation. Contact us for a copy of this article, or view online at

Natural disasters and suicidal behaviours: A systematic literature review.

Various consequences including suicidal behaviours can arise in the aftermath of natural disasters. The aim of the present review was to systematically analyse the existing literature on the potential impact of natural disasters on suicidal behaviours. Contact us for a copy of this article, or view online at

Gender differences in the relationship between maladaptive behaviors and post-traumatic stress disorder. A study on 900 L’Aquila 2009 earthquake survivors.


Natural disasters and suicide: evidence from Japan.