Mental health nurses’ attitudes towards risk assessment: An integrative systematic review

WHAT IS KNOWN ON THE SUBJECT?: Risk assessment and risk management are considered to be important practices carried out by mental health nurses. Risk assessment can help keep mental health service users’ safe, but some nurses see it as a ‘tick the box’ exercise. Some studies have looked at nurses’ attitudes to risk assessment but […]

Nursing interventions of choice for the prevention and treatment of suicidal behaviour: The umbrella review protocol

Aim: To determine which interventions, from a nursing perspective, can be considered as the interventions of choice for the prevention and treatment of suicidal behaviour. In this way, the umbrella review attempts to identify nursing interventions from the Nursing Interventions Classification (NIC) taxonomy with evidence for this purpose. Design: Descriptive study protocol. Methods: This umbrella review will consist […]

The perspectives of adults with suicidal ideation and behaviour regarding their interactions with nurses in mental health and emergency services: A systematic review

Background In contemporary healthcare, both community and inpatient mental health and emergency services are important help-seeking avenues for persons with suicidal ideation and behaviour. Regarding nursing practice in these services, there is a strong focus on assessing and managing suicide risk. Within this clinical context, the perspectives of persons with suicidal ideation and behaviour are […]

Contact and communication with patients experiencing suicidal ideation: A qualitative study of nurses’ perspectives

Aim To uncover and understand the core elements of how nurses in psychiatric hospitals make contact with patients experiencing suicidal ideation. Design A qualitative study based on the principles of grounded theory was performed. Methods Nineteen nurses on wards of four psychiatric hospitals were interviewed between May 2017 – February 2018. The Qualitative Analysis Guide […]

Caring for the suicidal person: A Delphi study of what characterizes a recovery-oriented caring approach

More research is needed for supporting mental health nurses in their caring for suicidal individuals. This study aimed to describe what characterizes a recovery-oriented caring approach, and how this can be expressed through caring acts involving suicidal patients and their relatives. Delphi methodology was used, and research participants were recruited as experts by experience to […]

The meaning of suicidal behaviour from the perspective of senior nursing undergraduate students.

The meaning ascribed to suicidal behaviours may influence the quality of the care provided to people at risk of suicide. Such a phenomenon has yet to be properly investigated amongst nursing undergraduate students, the aim of this study being to gain an understanding of the meanings of suicidal behaviour for a particular group of nurses. The […]

The Relationship Between Suicide Attempt and Self-Care Agency

This research examined the relationship between suicide attempts & self-care agency in individuals who did not present with any mental problems, depression or psychiatric diagnosis, using a case comparison group. The framework of the study consisted of 33 hospitalised individuals & 33 people accoompanying them. The sample group included 31 cases & a control group […]

How do I Respond to a Chronically ill Patient Who’s Suicidal?

A question is posed about how to care for a 35-year-old homeless man with end-stage AIDS who has expressed suicide ideation. The respondent provides suggestions such as referrals to support services, assessment of the patient for depression & level of suicide risk, interventions such as a safety screening of his room, & further psychological assessment. […]

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 […]

Development and Evaluation of a Guideline for Nursing Care of Suicidal Patients With Schizophrenia

This study developed & tested an evidence-based guideline that would support nursing care for suicidal patients with schizophrenia. A systematic review of the literature & expert consultation preceded completion of the guideline. 21 nurses from 2 mental health institutions in The Netherlands tested the guideline for feasibility in nursing practice. The guideline was found to […]

Homelessness and Suicide

This briefing paper on homelessness & suicide highlights some of the key risk factors, interventions, & resources available for nurses & other health care professionals working in the community. (9 refs.)

Emergency Department Re-Presentations Following Intentional Self-Harm

This New Zealand study describes factors that contributed to people re-presenting to the emergency department within one week of a previous visit for intentional self-harm. A retrospective observational design was selected for a period of one year & data was collected from electronic clinical case notes. The sample consisted of 48 people with 73 presentations […]

Mothers Living With Suicidal Adolescents: a Phenomenological Study of Their Experiences

This phenomenological study describes & enhances the understanding of what life is like for 6 mothers living with suicidal adolescents. Data were collected through unstructured interviews. Thematic analysis identified six themes: failure as a good mother, the ultimate rejection, feeling alone in the struggle, helplessness & powerlessness in the struggle, cautious parenting, & keeping an […]

Assessment and Care of Adults at Risk for Suicidal Ideation and Behaviour: Nursing Best Practice Guideline

This best practice guideline aims to assist nurses working in diverse practice settings in providing evidence-based care to adults at risk for suicide ideation & behaviours. Adults at risk may include any adult who may exhibit risk factors, with or without expressed suicide intent. The focus of this guideline is on best practice within the […]

Close Observation of Suicidal Inpatients

The author reviews another study on the experiences of psychiatric inpatients who had been under nursing observation. Close observation was found to helpful when the nurse was known to the patient but this practice was also perceived negatively if the nurse was a stranger or did not engage with the patient. (1 ref.)

Mediating Consolation With Suicidal Patients

The research question examined in this study was what understandings are revealed in texts about consolation & psychiatric nurses’ responses to suicidal patients? A Gadamerian approach guided reinterpretations of published texts. Through synthesizing 4 interpretive phrases, a comprehensive interpretation emerged. This revealed being “at home” with self, or an ethical way of being, as a […]

Reconnecting the Person With Humanity: how Psychiatric Nurses Work With Suicidal People

A modified grounded theory study was done in an attempt to discover the psychosocial processes involved when psychiatric/mental health nurses provide care to suicidal people, & in doing so, to induce the first comprehensive theory of psychiatric nursing care of the suicidal person. Findings highlight that the key psychosocial process (or core variable of the […]

Considering the Care of the Suicidal Client and the Case for ‘Engagement and Inspiring Hope’ or ‘Observations’

This paper first describes the historical policy context of care for the suicidal client. Next it focuses on observation & concludes there is a range of well-established, empirically based problems or drawbacks to this approach. Following this, it focuses on engagement, inspiring hope & points out the key processes of engagement. The value & importance […]

Moral Perspectives on the Prevention of Suicide in Mental Health Settings


Depression and Suicide: Assessment and Intervention

Despite the ever increasing numbers of older persons in the home health care system, often those who are suffering from a depression are not treated adequately. This article presents a case study to illustrate assessment, identification of risk factors, and interventions aimed at preventing suicide, a lethal outcome of untreated depression. Once detected, depression can […]

Challenges in Patient and Family Care Following an Unsuccessful Suicide Attempt


Adolescent Suicide Attempt: Undisclosed Secrets


Crisis Maintenance