Survey of knowledge, self‑efficacy, and attitudes toward suicide prevention among nursing staff

Objective This study aimed to explore the knowledge, self-efficacy, and attitudes toward suicide prevention among nurses with different demographic characteristics. Methods A cross-sectional descriptive design was adopted, and the study was conducted between August and September 2020. The content of the questionnaire included basic demographics, knowledge, self-efficacy, and attitudes toward suicide prevention. Correlation analysis was […]

Suicide risk in male incarcerated individuals in Spain: Clinical, criminological and prison‑related correlates

Background Prison suicide is a complex phenomenon that may be influenced by individual, clinical, social and environmental factors. In Spain, few studies have explored the relationship with institutional, prison-related variables. The aim of this study is to examine correlates of suicide in a sample of male incarcerated individuals from 5 Spanish penitentiary centers. Methods This […]

Hope: A guide for faith leaders to help prevent youth suicide

The purpose of this guide is to provide faith leaders with guidance for identifying and helping youth who may be at risk for suicide but it is not intended as a comprehensive set of practices in suicide prevention. It is a resource to help increase awareness and build capacity to serve at-risk youth.  This assistance […]

Suicide risk and prevention among U.S. Military veterans: A topical review

Veterans are a group at increased risk for death by suicide. Veteran suicide is a complex multidetermined behavior, and preventing suicide among Veterans requires community collaboration and partnership to grow awareness, reduce stigma, and increase access to suicide prevention resources. This article discusses current theories of suicide including Joiner’s (2005) Interpersonal Theory of Suicide and […]

Suicide attempts in French Polynesia during the era of COVID-19: A prospective analysis over three years

Background Past studies in French Polynesia have identified suicide as a significant concern, with a measured annual incidence of 79.4 attempts per 100,000 population during 2008–2010. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a monitoring system was established to track and investigate suicide attempts (SA). Methods A prospective study was conducted between April 2020 and March […]

Preventing suicide: A resource for media professionals. Update 2023

There is evidence that media reports about suicide can enhance or weaken suicide prevention efforts. Widely disseminated stories of death by suicide are often followed by more suicides in the population, while stories of overcoming a suicidal crisis can lead to fewer suicides. Media professionals are encouraged to focus on presenting stories of people who […]

Notifying university students’ emergency contacts in mental health emergencies: Multi-year analysis of student consent policy preferences

Information sharing is a frequently discussed yet divisive suicide prevention strategy in universities. This study aimed to investigate which students are most and least likely to opt-in to university permission to notify an emergency contact if there are serious concerns about their mental health. Routine cross-sectional data were obtained from 29,799 students in 2020 and […]

Evaluation of an online advanced suicide prevention training for pharmacists

Background: With the pharmacist role extending internationally to include health promotion and harm reduction, pharmacists are well-suited to adopt a frontline role within suicide prevention efforts. To maximise their abilities to implement suicide prevention strategies, suicide prevention training is essential to improve pharmacists’ knowledge of, attitudes towards, and confidence in pharmacy-based suicide prevention. Aim: This study aimed […]

Educational agents and institutions called into action in suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention

Introduction: Suicide is the second leading cause of death in the 15 to 29 age group worldwide, and is a severe public health problem. Adolescent and young adult individuals attend educational institutions which can play an essential role in detecting and preventing suicide. For this reason, the purpose of this research is to identify what educational […]

Development and codesign of flourish: A digital suicide prevention intervention for LGBTQ+ youth who have experienced online victimization

Background LGBTQ+ youth experience disproportionately high rates of online victimization (OV), referring to harmful remarks, images, or behaviors in online settings, which is associated with suicidal risk. Current services have gaps in supporting LGBTQ+ youth facing OV events. To address these gaps, this study aims to develop Flourish, a digital suicide prevention intervention for LGBTQ+ […]

A culturally adapted manual‑assisted problem‑solving intervention (CMAP) for adults with a history of self‑harm: A multi‑centre randomised controlled trial

Background Self-harm is an important predictor of a suicide death. Culturally appropriate strategies for the prevention of self-harm and suicide are needed but the evidence is very limited from low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). This study aims to investigate the effectiveness of a culturally adapted manual-assisted problem-solving intervention (CMAP) for patients presenting after self-harm. Methods […]

Still ringing the alarm: An enduring call to action for Black youth suicide prevention

The crisis of Black youth suicide has only worsened in recent years, however it hasn’t received the same level of attention as other groups impacted by suicide. A new report from the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Solutions, entitled, “Still Ringing the Alarm: An Enduring Call to Action for Black Youth Suicide Prevention,” highlights […]

Suicide prevention and the clinical workforce: Guidelines for training

These training guidelines were designed to advance the competency of the broad clinical workforce—including nurses, social workers, physicians, and mental health professionals—in serving individuals at risk of suicide.

New collaborative research on suicide prevention, practice, and policy with American Indian and Alaska Native communities holds promise for all peoples

Youth suicide is increasing in the United States, with deaths among younger people of color driving this upward trend. For more than four decades, American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) communities have suffered disproportionate rates of youth suicide and years of productive life lost compared to other U.S. Races. The National Institute of Mental Health […]

Unifying psychotherapy in suicide prevention

Youth and young adults are facing an unprecedented mental health crisis, where part of the solution is providing flexible and effective psychotherapy. In this case study commentary, we review the case of Maggie, a young adult in the United States dealing with suicidal ideation, symptoms from a traumatic sexual assault, and internalized shame. Using his […]

Risk detection and suicide prevention in the workplace (IN: Davidson, J.E., Richardson, M. (Eds)., Workplace Wellness: From Resiliency to Suicide Prevention and Grief Management)

Suicide is a serious public health problem, a leading cause of death in the United States overall and the fourth leading cause for work-age Americans of 16–64 years. Among health care professionals, research finds elevated suicide risk among certain disciplines, including physicians and nurses. The impact of suicide encompasses emotional, health, and fiscal burdens of […]

Best strategies for reducing the suicide rate in Australia

Objectives: There is accumulating evidence about effectiveness of a number of suicide prevention interventions, and a multilevel systems approach seems promising in reducing suicide risk. This approach requires that components ranging from individual-level to public health interventions are implemented simultaneously in a localised region. This paper presents estimated reductive effects on suicide attempts and deaths that […]

Suicide prevention public service announcements impact help-seeking attitudes: The message makes a difference

Suicide continues to be one of the most serious public health challenges. Public service announcements (PSAs) are frequently used to address this challenge, but are rarely sufficiently evaluated to determine if they meet the intended goals, or are associated with potential iatrogenic effects. Although it is challenging to assess the relative impact of different PSA […]

Disaster and suicide prevention activities: A literature review focused on suicide-related outcomes

BACKGROUND: Numerous epidemiological studies regarding suicide after disasters exist, but there are few comprehensive reviews pertaining to suicide prevention activities after disasters. Therefore, this review aimed to consider the kinds of suicide prevention activities that have been implemented and which may be effective. METHODS: A search was carried out to find articles that mentioned the […]

Athlete mental health: Suicide prevention and trauma planning

Objectives: 1. Describe how to support athletes who are struggling with mental health, suicide ideation, and performance. 2. Develop an emergency action plan for individuals after traumatic experiences.

Widening the lens on suicide prevention: Introducing Practice and Policy Insights articles

Over time, increasing prominence has been given to the social determinants of suicide and how these might be addressed (Fitzpatrick, 2018). There has been a shift from viewing suicide as a predominantly clinical problem associated with mental illness, to viewing it as a public health issue that arises from the confluence of a complex range […]

Crisis: A wide range of issues

During the course of 2003, Crisis featured a wide range of papers illustrating the multifaceted aspects of suicidology. I thought it worthwhile reviewing the past year, in the hope that such a review will inspire readers (and authors) to comment on where our field and the journal are going and should be heading in future […]

I.A.S.P. guidelines for suicide prevention

One of the purposes of the International Association for Suicide Prevention is to institute and develop networks across the world to bring together professionals and nonprofessionals in the pursuit of suicide prevention. To facilitate this, there has been a need for the promulgation of guidelines or broad approaches by which suicide prevention could be pursued […]