Re-thinking ethics and politics in suicide prevention: Bringing narrative ideas into dialogue with critical suicide studies

The purpose of this paper is to explore the conviviality between practices of narrative therapy and the emerging field of critical suicide studies. Bringing together ideas from narrative therapy and critical suicide studies allows us to analyze current suicide prevention practices from a new vantage point and offers us the chance to consider how narrative […]

The moral and political economy of suicide prevention

Suicide prevention occurs within a web of social, moral, and political relations that are acknowledged, yet rarely made explicit. In this work, I analyse these interrelations using concepts of moral and political economy to demonstrate how moral norms and values interconnect with political and economic systems to inform the way suicide prevention is structured, legitimated, […]

Talking about suicide: Trends in Christian and socially conservative suicide decedents

This study examined the relationship between religious affiliation, social policy beliefs, and whether individuals spoke with anyone about suicide prior to suicide death. Two hundred sixty-seven suicide loss survivors reported on characteristics of suicide decedents. Binary logistic regressions found those who identified as socially liberal were more likely to have discussed suicide with the loss […]

The link between LGBTQ-supportive communities, progressive political climate, and suicidality among sexual minority adolescents in Canada

Despite supportive structural changes to reduce stigma towards lesbian, gay, and bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) Canadian residents, sexual minority youth still face disparities compared to heterosexual peers. We aimed to characterize LGBTQ-supportive environments and political climates, and examine their links to suicidal behavior among sexual minority adolescents in western Canada. Data were from […]

Ethical and political implications of the turn to stories in suicide prevention

THE stories of suicide attempt survivors are gaining broader currency in suicide prevention where they have the potential to provide privileged insights into experiences of suicide, strengthen prevention and intervention measures, and reduce discrimination and stigmatization. Stories of suicide, however, have a double-edged power insofar as their benefits are counterweighted by a number of acknowledged […]

Suicide and mental disorders: A discourse of politics, power, and vested interests

One of the most well-established truths in suicidology is that mental disorders play a significant role in at least 90% of suicides, and a causal relationship between the two is often implied. In this article, the authors argue that the evidence base for this truth is weak and that there is much research questioning the […]

Political beliefs, region of residence, and openness to firearm means safety measures to prevent suicide

Firearms account for approximately half of all suicides in the United States and are highly lethal, widely available, and popular; thus, are an ideal candidate for targeted means safety interventions. However, despite their value as a suicide prevention tool, firearm means safety strategies are not widely utilized, possibly due to factors which impede openness to […]

Governmental illegitimacy and incompetency in Canada and other liberal nations: Implications for health

The welfare state literature on developing nations is concerned with how governmental illegitimacy and incompetency are the sources of inequality, exploitation, exclusion, and domination of significant proportions of their citizenry. These dimensions clearly contribute to the problematic health outcomes in these nations. In contrast, developed nations are assumed to grapple with less contentious issues of […]

U.S. political parties and support for suicide prevention.

As a public health problem, suicidal behavior demands a community‐level response, including government action. We aimed to test whether support for suicide prevention in the United States has been independent from political party affiliation (Democrat and Republican). Actions from both political parties have supported suicide prevention efforts. The only differences in support based on party […]

The association between political violence and the connection between bullying and suicidality among Palestinian youth.

We examined the association between protracted political violence and the connection between bullying and suicidality among Palestinian adolescents. Data were collected from a representative sample of Palestinian students (N = 5,713) from 100 schools in the West Bank and East Jerusalem who completed an in‐class survey. Students who were victims of bullying or bully victims who were […]

The politics of hope and despair: The effect of presidential election outcomes on suicide rates.

Objectives. This article examines the effect of election outcomes on suicide rates by combining the theory of social integration developed by Durkheim with the models of rational choice used in economics. Methods. Theory predicts that states with a greater percentage of residents who supported the losing candidate would tend to exhibit a relative increase in […]

Indigenous writes: A guide to First Nations, Metis & Inuit issues in Canada.

Indigenous Writes, Chelsea Vowel initiates myriad conversations about the relationship between Indigenous peoples and Canada. An advocate for Indigenous worldviews, the author discusses the fundamental issues—the terminology of relationships; culture and identity; myth-busting; state violence; and land, learning, law and treaties—along with wider social beliefs about these issues. She answers the questions that many people […]

Suicide in Post-Socialist Countries: Examples From Hungary and Belarus

The author evaluated suicide in Hungary & Belarus based on informants’ or consultants’ comments, evaluation, & opinions. The author suggests suicide can be explained by political, economic, & psychological factors. He also suggests Bateson’s (1972) double bind theory might help to understand why some suicides might occur in socialist & post-socialist countries at a higher […]

Suicide and the Partition of India: a Need for Further Investigation

A search was undertaken to document cases of suicide during the partition of India into India & Pakistan in 1947. Cases were found for India & for women. The experience of those in Pakistan & of men was hard to locate. There is a need for further investigaton to provide a fuller picture of suicide […]

Attitudes Towards Suicide Among Regional Politicians in Lithuania, Austria, Hungary, Norway and Sweden

This study compared attitudes towards suicide among regional politicians in Austria, Hungary, Lithuania, Norway, & Sweden. The Attitudes Towards Suicide questionnaire was used. Results indicated the acceptance of suicide was higher among Lithuanian, Hungarian, & Austrian politicians (high suicide rate, no national prevention strategies) than among Norwegian & Swedish politicians (relatively low suicide rates, national […]

Psychological Autopsy Study of Suicide in Karachi

In this letter to the editor, the authors comment on a study by Khan et al (2008) on suicide in Karachi, Pakistan & request clarification of some of the variables. Khan’s response follows. (7 refs.)

County Council Politicians’ Attitudes Toward Suicide and Suicide Prevention. a Qualitative Cross-Cultural Study


Public Policies and Suicide Rates in the American States


Cultures of Death: Warrior Suicide in Medieval Europe and Japan

In the course of the eleventh & twelfth centuries, the warrior elites of Japan & northwestern Europe, despite many similarities in ethos & lifestyle, developed very different cultures of death. This paper examines the origins of these. While differences in religion played some role, they are not found to be deterministic. Rather, differences in symbolic […]

Suicide Mortality and Political Transition: Russians in Estonia Compared to the Estonians in Estonia and to the Population of Russia

Age-adjusted suicide rates were compared for Russians in Estonia, Estonians in Estonia, & inhabitants of Russia in radically chaged socio-political situations. High, but still lower suicide rates for Russians in Estonia were observed in comparison with Estonians during 1983-1990 when Estonia was part of the Soviet Union. During the transition period, 1991-1998, a sharp increase […]

Self-destructive Processes in Israeli Politics (IN: the Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, ed. by Y Peri)

Charcoal-Burning Suicide in Post-Transition Hong Kong

The authors examined the characteristics of suicides by charcoal-burning in Hong Kong, & explored links between macro-level economic & social changes with the subjective experiences of those surviving a charcoal-burning suicide attempt. They found that people who completed suicide by this method were more likely to have been economically active & physically healthy, & were […]

The Collective Mind: Trauma and Shell-Shock in Twentieth-Century Russia