Suicide rates amongst adolescents: A mental health practitioner’s perspective in Poland and a global, Big Data context

The paper contributes to mental health studies of children and youth’s suicide and suicide attempts. Inspired by early sociological concepts such as Durkheim’s contribution to understanding suicide through social anomy, we ran statistical analysis of worldwide suicide rates and tested for correlation between suicide rates amongst children and youth and “Big Data” on social, educational, […]

Progression of suicidal ideation to suicidal behavior from a perspective of selected suicidologial models.

In clinical practice suicidal ideation (SI) is one of the most commonly encountered symptoms in patients with mental disorders. Such encounter calls for diligent evaluation of suicidal risk. Although the risk factors are widely known, accurate estimation of suicidal risk remains one of the most difficult and most important tasks that clinicians face – especially […]

Association Between Tryptophan Hydroxylase 2 Gene Polymorphism and Completed Suicide

The association between suicide & a single nucleotide polymorphism (rs1386483) was examined in the recently identified tryptophan hydroxylase 2 gene. Blood samples of 143 suicide victims & 162 age- & gender-matched controls were examined. The frequency of the TT genotype in the tryptophan hydroxylase 2 polymorphism was higher in suicide victims than in controls, particularly […]

Suicidal Behaviours Among Polish Youth in Light of the Following Papers: Suicidal Behaviour in Children and Adolescents. Parts 1 and 2

In this letter to the editor, the author observes that literature reviews by Steele & Doey (2007) seem to indicate that in both America & Europe a broad definition of attempted suicide prevails. This term is used interchangeably with deliberate self-harm which is not informative as to whether or not suicidal intent accompanied the self-harm. […]

Clinical and Genetic Risk Factors for Suicide Under the Influence of Alcohol in a Polish Sample

This study examined clinical & genetic risk factors for alcohol-related suicide. Data on 162 Polish suicide victims were obtained. Four single nucleotide polymorphisms in the central serotonin system & the renin-angiotensin system related genes previously found to be associated with suicide, alcohol dependence or depression were genotyped. The strongest predictor of suicide under the influence […]

Suicides Among Polish Seamen and Fishermen During Work at sea

Retrospective data on 51 suicides of Polish seamen & fishermen in the years 1960-1999 during work at sea are presented. The impact of age, rank, & the period of service upon the incidence of these suicides is analysed. Circumstances typical of the marine environment, sources of stress, & individual susceptibility related to the act of […]

Impulsive Suicide Attempts Predict Post-Treatment Relapse in Alcohol-Dependent Patients

This study examined the influence of suicidality on relapse in alcohol-dependent patients. The unique contribution of impulsive suicide attempts was also examined. A total of 154 Polish inpatients with alcohol dependence were studied; 118 completed a standardized follow-up assessment at 12 months. 42% of patients reported a lifetime suicide attempt. More than 62% of these […]

The Knowledge of Pedagogic Students on Suicidal Behaviors in Adolescents

The Regional Variation of Murder and Suicide in Poland


Attitudes Toward Physician Assisted Suicide: Poland and the United States

A scale to measure attitudes toward physician assisted suicide was administered to a sample of Polish citizens & a matched sample of U. S. citizens. In both samples the reliability was substantial & the factor structure identical. Significant ethnic differences were found for 10 of the 12 scale items, but no differences related to demographic […]

Intercultural Suicide Prevention Project Evaluation

Suicide in the Lodz Ghetto During World War Two

Data on suicidal behaviour among the Jews confined by the Nazis in the Lodz Ghetto in 1941 & 1942 are reported. The suicide rate was extremely high, increasing from 21.6 per 100,000 per year in 1941 to 84.6 in 1942. The epidemiology of suicide in the Lodz Ghetto is described, including a spring peak & […]

The Analysis of the Suicide Phenomenon in Poland Analisis del fenomeno del suicidio en Polonia

This article is an English translation. The original Spanish text is also available.

Analysis of Occurrence of Suicide in the Aspect of Polish Youths’ Inadaptability Analisis de la incidencia del suicidio a causa de la inadaptabilidad de los jovenes polacos

This article is an English translation. A Spanish text is also available.

The Psychological Analysis of Personality Features Among Young People After a few Suicidal Attempts Analisis psicologico de las caracteristicas de personalidad de los jovenes despues de algunos intentos de suicidio

This article is an English translation. A Spanish text is also available.

Building Community Helping Each Other: a Suicide Prevention Workshop for the Polish Community 2nd Edition

Borowski: “Love Circles Above me Like Human Smoke”

Newcomer Suicide Prevention Project: Immigration, Culture, and Suicide

This 2-year research project examined attitudes toward suicide in immigrant communities in Edmonton, Alberta. The book contains the results of questionnaires & interviews with suicide attempters & nonattempters in the Polish, Chilean, & Chinese communities. An extensive bibliography is provided as are recommendations for further work & study on how to more effectively respond to […]

The Death of a Mythmaker: A Major Witness to the Holocaust Takes His Own Life

This article briefly outlines the life & writing career of novelist, Jerzy Kosinki, who committed suicide in 1991. Kosinki wrote the critically acclaimed novel, The Painted Bird, which describes a boy who witnessed & experienced the horrors of the Holocaust. Much of the book was drawn from Kosinki’s own experiences during the Holocaust. The authors […]

Research in Suicide in Poland

Presents a brief outline of research studies on suicide being carried out in Poland. The main research areas include identification of suicide patients, the motivation of suicidal attempts, the analysis of treatment methods of attempters, & typology of suicides. (LH)

Prevention of Suicides in Poland

Presents a brief overview of suicide prevention in Poland. Strategies prevention include suicide prevention centers & telephone services. The need for better understanding of depresision & despair is emphasized. (LH)

The Evaluation of the Counselors’ Work at the Telephone Crisis Line

A sample of 116 callers who phoned a crisis centre in Ljubljna, Poland, were asked to complete a questionanaire evaluating telephone service volunteers. 55% returned the questionnaire, 70% of whom had completed it as requested. The questionnaire is described. An analysis of the callers’ answers indicated that expectations & accomplishments were matched(91%). 64% thought that […]

Causes of Death, With Special Reference to Suicide in Patients With Affective Disorders

Analyzed is the cause of mortality (particularily suicide) among people with affective disorders. Data was obtained by questionnaires, the psychological autopsy method, & hospital & official records on 451 patients treated at a psychiatric clinic. 67% died of somatic disease; 37.3% committed suicide. NBB