Ketamine, a non-competitive N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor antagonist, is commonly used as an anesthetic and analgesic but has recently shown promising research in treating certain psychiatric conditions such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), suicidal ideation, and substance use disorder. Due to its euphoric, dissociative, and hallucinogenic properties, ketamine has been abused as a recreational drug, which […]
Suicide is a major public health problem, and suicide rates are still on the rise. Current strategies for identifying individuals at risk for suicide, such as the use of a patient’s self-reported suicidal ideation or evidence of past suicide attempts, have not been sufficient in reducing suicide rates. Recently, research groups have been focused on […]
Mental health during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic: A review and recommendations for moving forward
COVID-19 has infected millions of people and upended the lives of most humans on the planet. Researchers from across the psychological sciences have sought to document and investigate the impact of COVID-19 in myriad ways, causing an explosion of research that is broad in scope, varied in methods, and challenging to consolidate. Because policy and […]
ABSTRACT Objective:s Online support can be a crucial source of support for individuals experiencing suicidal behaviours, with forum moderators being pivotal in terms of the role they play in times of personal mental health emergencies. This study identified what is empirically known about the professional practices of health professionals who are online mental health forum […]
Objective: to identify how health technologies contribute to risk assessment for suicidal behavior. Methods: an integrative review carried out on the MEDLINE, CINAHL, Web of Science, SCOPUS, LILACS and BDENF databases. The sample consisted of 12 primary studies, with no temporal or language delimitation. Analysis of results occurred descriptively. Results: the technologies included assistance and teaching aspects favorable […]
Suicide prevention strategies for older persons: An integrative review of empirical and theoretical papers
Aim: To synthesize suicide prevention strategies for older adults. The review question was Which suicide prevention strategies are useful for older adults? Design: Integrative review. Data sources: Academic Search Premier, CINAHL, Ovid PsycINFO and PubMed were searched for articles published between January 2009 and December 2019. Review methods: An integrative review of quantitative, qualitative and theoretical papers with a […]
Background: Suicide is a serious public health problem. Bereaved from suicide can have an impact on one’s physical, mental health as well as daily life. Not all bereaved people can cope well with the situation, so it is necessary for nurses to provide support for them. Aim: To describe the experiences of bereavement from suicide. […]
Hot idea or hot air: A systematic review of evidence for two widely marketed youth suicide prevention programs and recommendations for implementation.
Youth suicide is highly related to mental disorders. While communities and schools are marketed to with a plethora of suicide prevention programs, they often lack the capacity to choose evidence-based programs. Methods: We conducted a systematic review of two youth suicide prevention programs to help determine if the quality of evidence available justifies their wide […]
Evidence-based best practices for incorporation into an optimal multilevel intervention for suicide prevention should be identifiable in the literature. A number of evidence-based best practices for the prevention of suicide and suicide attempts were identified. Research is needed on the nature and extent of potential synergistic effects of various preventive activities within multilevel interventions.
Psychosocial interventions for suicidal ideation, plans, and attempts: A database of randomized controlled trials.
This report summarizes the multifaceted & multimedia efforts of the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network to educate the general public & to save lives. Special mention is made of the statewide Suicide Prevention & Awareness Event project launched in 2009. JA Contact us for a copy of this article, or view online at http://tspn.org/status-of-suicide-2010-2
Annual report of state of Alaska’s Statewide Suicide Prevention Council.
This report examines the information & trends in suicide in England & the East Midlands. The purpose of the report is to investigate & analyse data in order to understand better suicide patterns in the East Midlands, to identify any gaps in data & information, & to assess any changes that occurred since the previous […]
Book Review-In her Wake: a Child Psychiatrist Explores the Mystery of her Mother’s Suicide, by N Rappaport
The reviewer says that there is much to appreciate in this book in terms of grief & loss & the value of knowing about one’s family. He says the book also reminds readers of the devastation suicide causes & the need for postvention & prevention.
The reviewer calls this book “compact & handy”, “reader-friendly, enriched with tables, boxed clinical ‘pearls’, marginal notes, & summary boxes”. Even though the book has an American focus, the reviewer found this does not preclude its generalisation & application to other sociocultural settings as the author revisits common management principles when illustrating them in an […]
Book Review-The Oxford Textbook of Suicidology and Suicide Prevention: a Global Perspective, edited by D Wasserman & C Wasserman
The reviewer notes that this textbook “covers all important aspects concerning suicide & suicidal behaviors, including numerous examples of the challenges in this field & tools needed to achieve the ultimate goal, namely, suicide prevention”. He says it is “an excellent resource to be used by researchers, clinicians and professionals working in all fields related […]
Helping Borderline Patients to “Get a Life” Book Review-Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder. A Guide to Evidence-Based Practice by J Paris
The reviewer states that this book “is not only a textbook on treatment of borderline personality disorder… it is also a synthesis of our knowledge concerning the syndrome, its nosology, epidemiology, etiology, outcome research, & so on”. The book is said to be an invaluable asset for anyone working in psychiatric care & suicide prevention.
The reviewer found this book to be “an optimal mixture of a careful review of the literature & personal experiences written in a didactic, user-friendly way”. It is stated the book should be read by anyone dealing with suicidal individuals.
The reviewer found this book provides a comprehensive survey of key issues within suicidology that are important for practicing professionals. She believes it has the potential to be used as a text for medical residents & advanced psychiatrists interested in developing effective suicide risk management skills. However, she asserts the text does not provide a […]
This annual report presents data on the operations & achievements of the Suicide Prevention Training Programs for the fiscal year, April 1994-March 1995.
The reviewer says this manual will “likely appeal most to the practicing clinician in any setting”. The manual was found to be user-friendly with the presentation of actual case examples to illustrate the use of the Suicide Status Form within the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality approach.
Data on the operations and achievements of the Suicide Information and Education Centre are presented in this annual report for the fiscal year, April 1994-March 1995.