Life after suicide

Documentary. Angela Samata explores why some people take their own lives and how those who love them come to terms with the loss.

Suicide postvention resources for Canadian communities

The Mental Health Commission of Canada completed an environmental scan of resources and programs targeted towards postvention after a suicide loss. Postvention refers to “suicide prevention activities that provide support for people affected by suicide (e.g., those bereaved in the aftermath of suicide loss). These activities are crucial in helping to support and heal those[…]

An overview of factors related to suicide and of suicide intervention programs in Alberta

This report provides a synthesis of the most recent statistical data and research on youth suicide. Promising programs, practices and current training models are reviewed as well as leading practices in suicide intervention, prevention and postvention. Rates and risk factors of suicide in Canada, and more specifically Alberta are cited. Interview with Canadian experts in[…]

Addressing youth suicide through school-based prevention and postvention: Contemporary scholarship advancing science, practice, and policy

Youth suicide continues to be a significant public health issue, with especially elevated levels of suicide thoughts and behaviors experienced by marginalized students across race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and age demographics. This article highlights the importance of contemporary research informing and advancing professional efforts and also introduces a special topic section including eight articles that[…]

“All I need is someone to talk to”: Evaluating DISCHARGED suicide peer support

Alternatives to Suicide is a different and emerging approach to the suicide prevention paradigm, utilising peer support groups to focus on connection and relationship-building. The groups are a space where people can share  openly and authentically about their suicidal thoughts and feelings, without fear of a clinical intervention. This research project evaluated the impact experienced[…]

What employers need to know about suicide prevention

What should organizations do to help prevent suicide among its employees — and to help support suicide survivors after the death of a coworker? Research suggest first leaders and managers must recognize the workplace predictors of suicide. Then, create a respectful and inclusive work environment, learn to identify employees who might be at risk, and create[…]

Helping our heroes: An evaluation of mental health and organizational policies surr ganizational policies surrounding suicide pr ounding suicide prevention and ention and postvention strategies for Nebraska first responders

Suicide is ranked as one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Over 40,000 individuals die by suicide each year (Stanley, Hom, & Joiner, 2016; Vigil et al, 2021), and, in 2020, it was ranked in the top 9 causes of death for all ages (10-64), and second for those 10-14 and[…]

Live-chat support for people bereaved by suicide: A thematic analysis

Background: People bereaved by suicide often face isolation, complicated grief, and increased suicide risk. Aims: We aimed to explore how live-chat can support survivors in their bereavement process. Method: A thematic analysis was carried out on 30 live-chat conversations through the software ATLAS.ti8. Transcripts were retrieved from a major Italian association providing online support. The users had different ages (18–60[…]

Aftercare and suicide reattempt prevention in Tehran, Iran: Outcome of 12-month randomized controlled study

Background: A previous suicide attempt is one of the strongest risk factors for subsequent suicide. Effective care following a suicide attempt may reduce the risk of suicide reattempts. Aims: We aimed to investigate the effect of a brief educational intervention and contact program on suicide reattempts. Method: This study was performed as a randomized clinical trial (RCT) recruiting 305 individuals who[…]

Increasing resident support following patient suicide: Assessing resident perceptions of a longitudinal, multimodal patient suicide curriculum

Patient suicide is a common experience in psychiatry residency, and its effects on trainees can be profound. There are currently no ACGME Common Program Requirements for education about patient suicide, and a need exists for evidence-based curricula to prepare residents for this difficult outcome.
A comprehensive patient suicide curriculum was[…]