Implementation science in suicide prevention

The suicidal process is a complex phenomenon involving multiple intertwined factors, which makes its prevention particularly challenging. As evidence-based suicide prevention interventions evolve and consolidate, it becomes increasingly important to ensure that effective interventions are efficiently implemented in practice and translated into the quality programs and care that benefit people at risk of suicidal behavior.

Health information, research and planning: An information resource for First Nations health planners

Health Information, Research and Planning defines fundamental concepts in health research and public health, and explains them in a manner that is relevant to First Nations health planners, administrators and leadership. This information is intended to get readers thinking about how health information can be used to support and enhance the development and delivery of[…]

Longitudinal studies support the safety and ethics of virtual reality suicide as a research method

Many have expressed concerns about the safety and ethics of conducting suicide research, especially intense suicide research methods that expose participants to graphic depictions of suicidality. We conducted two studies to evaluate the effects of one such method called virtual reality (VR) suicide. Study 1 tested the effects of VR suicide exposure over the course[…]

Suicide in the time of COVID-19: Review and recommendations

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic presents us with unusual challenges to the global health system and economics. The pandemic may not have an immediate impact on suicide rates, however, given that it is likely to result in a confluence of risk factors for suicide and economic crisis, it is highly possibly that it will lead to[…]

Participant reactions to suicide-focused research: Implications of studying suicide on an inpatient psychiatry unit

Background: Concerns exist regarding the perceived risks of conducting suicide-focused research among an acutely distressed population. Aims: The current study assessed changes in participant distress before and after participation in a suicide-focused research study conducted on a psychiatric inpatient unit. Method: Participants included 37 veterans who were receiving treatment on a psychiatric inpatient unit and completed a survey-based research study[…]

Performance, cost-effectiveness, and representativeness of Facebook recruitment to suicide prevention research: Online survey study

Background: Researchers are increasingly using social media advertisements to recruit participants because of their many advantages over traditional methods. Although there is growing evidence for the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of social media recruitment in the health sciences, no studies have yet examined this in the context of suicide prevention, which remains to be a highly stigmatized[…]

Ethical issues and practical barriers in internet-based suicide prevention research: A review and investigator survey

Background People who are at elevated risk of suicide stand to benefit from internet-based interventions; however, research in this area is likely impacted by a range of ethical and practical challenges. The aim of this study was to examine the ethical issues and practical barriers associated with clinical studies of internet-based interventions for[…]

Reflecting on participatory, action-oriented research methods in community psychology: Progress, problems, and paths forward

This paper provides a critical reflection on participatory action research (PAR) methods as they pertain to community psychology. Following a brief review of the fundamental aspects of PAR, key developments in the field are examined. These developments include the redefinition of the research enterprise among groups such as Indigenous and consumer/survivor communities, challenges that attend[…]

Spaces of hope? Youth perspectives on health and wellness in indigenous communities

This article addresses an apparent paradox between academic and policy depictions of American Indian reservations as “broken” and “unhealthy” places, and Indigenous youth perceptions of reservations as spaces of “health” and “wellness.” Public health literature often frames reservations as damaged, health-denying places, chronicling the extraordinarily high rates of[…]

Re-conceptualizing Anishinaabe mino-bimaadiziwin (the Good Life) as research methodology: A spirit centered way in Anishinaabe research

This article contributes to the discussion of approaches for conducting research primarily informed by Indigenous ways of knowing throughout the research process. Anishinaabe mino-bimaadiziwing (the Good Life) is a unifying and transcendent concept that, when activated, contains the past, present, and future of Good and respectful approaches to life, which includes Indigenous research. Through this[…]