Perceived impact of patients’ suicide and serious suicidal attempts on their treating psychiatrists and trainees: A national cross-sectional study in Saudi Arabia

Background Patient suicides are significant events that tremendously affect psychiatrists— personally and professionally. Very few studies have focused on studying the impact of both serious suicidal attempts and completed suicide on psychiatrists and psychiatry trainees. Aim This study assessed the prevalence and impact of patient suicide and serious suicidal attempts on psychiatrists and psychiatry trainees […]

Suicide-related knowledge among Italian early career psychiatrists and trainees: Results from a cross-sectional survey

The training of mental health professionals is an important component of suicide-prevention programs. A cross-sectional survey was conducted in different Italian regions to evaluate knowledge of, and attitudes toward, suicide as well as the experience of a patient’s suicide or a suicide attempt in early career psychiatrists (ECPs) and trainees (N = 338). The Suicide […]

“I was close to helping him but couldn’t quite get there”: Psychiatrists’ experiences of a patient’s death by suicide

Objectives A patient’s death by suicide is a common experience for psychiatrists, ranging from 33% to 80%, however, research about the impact of patient suicide on psychiatrists is limited to a few survey studies. This study had three main objectives: (1) understanding the emotional and behavioural impact of a patient’s suicide on psychiatrists, (2) exploring […]

Challenges of assessing resident competency in well-being: Development of the psychiatry milestones 2.0 well-being subcompetency

Burnout and depression are major problems facing physicians, with 300 to 400 physicians dying by suicide each year. In an effort to address this issue, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) revised the Common Program Requirements for residency and fellowship programs to include a strong emphasis on well-being, and this revision has been […]

Psychiatric consultations as a modifiable factor for repeated suicide attempt-related hospitalizations: A nationwide, population-based study

Background: The risk of mortality and morbidity increased in repeated suicide attempts. This study aimed to investigate how psychiatric consultations, a modifiable factor, affects the risk of repeated suicide attempts in patients. Methods: The National Health Insurance Research Database was used in this study. All inpatients aged ≧10 with suicide attempts were recruited in Taiwan from 2000 […]

Impact of suicide on health professionals in psychiatric care mental healthcare professionals’ perceptions of suicide during ongoing psychiatric care and its impacts on their continued care work

People who attempt suicide as well as those who actually take their own life often have communicated their suicidal thoughts and feelings to healthcare professionals in some form. Suicidality is one of the most challenging caring situations and the impacts of suicide care affect both the professional and personal lives of healthcare professionals. This study […]

Psychiatric consultation and referral of persons who have attempted suicide: The perspective of heads of emergency and psychiatry departments

Background: Persons who have attempted suicide are often admitted to a hospital’s emergency department (ED). The risk of them repeating their attempt is lower if they have had access to a psychiatrist in hospital and had been referred to mental health care services. However, the literature suggests this is often lacking. Aims: To describe perceived barriers to and […]

Helping the suicidal person: Tips and techniques for professionals.

Helping the Suicidal Person provides a highly practical toolbox for mental health professionals. The book first covers the need for professionals to examine their own personal experiences and fears around suicide, moves into essential areas of risk assessment, safety planning, and treatment planning, and then provides a rich assortment of tips for reducing the person’s […]

Suicide in perinatal and non-perinatal women in contact with psychiatric services: 15 year findings from a UK national inquiry.

In women in contact with UK psychiatric services, suicides in the perinatal period were more likely to occur in those with a depression diagnosis and no active treatment at the time of death. Assertive follow-up and treatment of perinatal women in contact with psychiatric services are needed to address suicide risk in this group. Contact […]

Training for suicide risk assessment and suicide risk formulation.

Suicide and suicidal behaviors are highly associated with psychiatric disorders. Psychiatrists have significant opportunities to identify at-risk individuals and offer treatment to reduce that risk. Although a suicide risk assessment (SRA) is a core competency requirement, many lack the requisite training and skills to appropriately assess for suicide risk. Moreover, the standard of care requires […]

Patient suicide: Impact on clinicians.


Guidelines to assist clinical staff after the suicide of a patient.

Clinical psychologist and psychotherapist Prof. Onja T. Grad offers guidelines to assist clinical staff after the suicide of a patient. See Requirements and Objectives of Help Measures or Key Recommendations. Contact us for a copy of this article, or view online at

Summary of don’t forget about me: The experiences of therapists-in-training after a client has attempted or died by suicide (IN: Therapeutic and legal issues for therapists who have survived a client suicide: Breaking the silence, edited by K M Weine

The death of a patient is every therapistÕs worst nightmare. Even more frightening is the debilitating silence that surrounds a therapist after the death of a client. What do you do? How do you proceed with your personal and professional life? Until now, advice on surviving a patientÕs suicide has been scarce. This book examines […]

Five ethical and clinical challenges psychiatrists may face when treating patients with borderline personality disorder who are or may become suicidal.

This article discusses five core ethical and clinical questions psychiatrists should consider when they treat patients with borderline personality disorder who are or may be suicidal. These questions include whether psychiatrists should tell patients their diagnosis, what they should tell them about their suicide risk, whether they should be “always” available by phone, when they […]

Shame reactions after suicide attempt.

Shame reactions were spontaneously described by 13 of 18 patients interviewed in a qualitative study investigating experiences of care following a suicide attempt. The shame data from the interview study were extracted, analysed separately, and are reported in this article. The shame reactions often occurred in conjunction with the suicide attempt. Feelings of shame were […]

Patient suicide: the experience of Flemish psychiatrists.

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Psychiatry Behind Bars: Practicing in Jails and Prisons

This article explains correctional facilities’ obligation to provide for inmates’ mental health needs & describes correctional mental health processes & how psychiatrists can play a role in screening, evaluation, & suicide prevention. (12 refs.) JA Contact us for a copy of this article, or view online at

A Pilot Study in Suicide Intervention Training Using a Group Intervention for Patients With Recurrent Suicide Attempts

This article describes psychiatric trainees’ reflections regarding their participation in a psychosocial/psychoeducational group intervention for individuals with recurrent suicide attempts. 14 psychiatric residents who completed at least one 20-week intervention cycle were given a 15-item questionnaire. 13 residents completed the survey. Following the training experience, nearly all residents endorsed feeling more comfortable managing patients with […]

The Aftermath of a Suicide Attempt: the Emotional Impact on Patient and Psychiatrist. A Pilot Study


What do we Teach Psychiatric Residents About Suicide? A National Survey of Chief Residents

This study examined what topics involving the care of suicidal patients were taught to residents in psychiatry training programs. Chief residents of psychiatry training programs across the United States (response rate 59%) anonymously completed questions on what & how the care of suicidal patients was taught. Topics that required more attention & barriers to teaching […]

Improving the Quality of Suicide Risk Assessments in the Psychiatric Emergency Setting: Physician Documentation of Process Indicators

The quality of suicide risk assessments in the psychiatric emergency setting was evaluated by reviewing physician documentation of process indicators. Medical records of 145 patients involuntarily admitted were reviewed for 19 process indicators. Documentation that a process indicator was not met by a patient was included in the data. Patients were divided into 2 groups: […]

Suicide and the Air Force Mental Health Provider: Frequency and Impact

The authors reviewed data from 97 active duty Air Force mental health providers who responded to an anonymous survey. 48% of the providers had experienced a patient’s suicide. One-third of them reported a sense of responsibility for that patient’s death. More than 20% reported significant emotional or behavioural changes following the death. Many providers experienced […]

Improving Support of Residents After a Patient Suicide: a Residency Case Study

Each of the authors experienced the suicide of one patient during their residencies at Columbia & discovered several deficiencies in their methods of dealing with them. In this article, they describe the interventions developed at Columbia University, including curricular changes, development of a crisis support team, & a formal review of the event. Other constructive […]