Suicide in the aftermath of the L’Aquila (Italy) earthquake

Background: Given the well-documented acute increase in psychopathology after disasters as well as the greater likelihood of suicide among persons with psychopathology, it may be expected that suicide rates also rise after such events. Aim: To investigate the suicide rate 1 year after the April 2009 earthquake that struck L’Aquila (Italy). Methods: Suicide rates were collected from administrative […]

The impact of the 2009 Red River Flood on interpersonal risk factors for suicide

Background: Natural disasters are frequently associated with increases in risk factors for suicide, yet research indicates that suicide rates tend to stay the same or decrease in the wake of disasters (e.g., Krug et al., 1999). Aims: The present research sought to shed light on this counterintuitive phenomenon by testing hypotheses derived from Joiner’s (2005) interpersonal-psychological theory […]

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on suicide rate trends in the tsunami-disaster-affected area following the great East Japan earthquake: A descriptive study

Background: People who experienced the Great East Japan Earthquake (GEJE) were expected to have additional levels of psychological burden resulting from the stressful conditions imposed during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic; consequently, suicide rates may increase. Aim: We aimed to carry out continuous monitoring of suicide rates in the affected area following the GEJE under COVID-19 pandemic […]

The suicidal ideation of disaster victims: A nationwide cross-sectional study

Purpose: Various natural and human made disasters occur worldwide. This study aimed to identify the factors affecting suicidal ideation in victims of disasters such as typhoons, heavy rainfall, fires, and earthquakes. Methods: Data were obtained from a long-term survey on life changes among disaster victims conducted in 2019 by the National Disaster Management Research Institute. […]

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.