Explaining the relationship between mindfulness, self-compassion, and emotion regulation in self-injury

Objective The objective of the current study was to investigate whether mindfulness and self-compassion are negatively associated with engagement in non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) and whether emotion dysregulation would mediate this relation. Method 343 participants (82.2% female; Mage = 23.98; SD = 7.47) were recruited from university and community settings, and completed online questionnaires. Two groups of participants were created: those […]

Working with providers and health systems experiencing compassion fatigue and burnout (IN: Medical Family Therapy, edited by J. Hodgson, A. Lamson, T. Mendenhall, T., & D. Crane.

Caring for families who have experienced trauma, loss, or chronic conditions can have lasting effects on providers, especially when faced with complex situations for extended periods of time. Training programs often do not prepare providers to avoid common challenges such as burnout (BRN) and compassion fatigue (CF). In this chapter, the authors provide operational definitions […]

Relationship of self-compassion, hope, and emotional control to perceived burdensomeness, thwarted belongingness, and suicidal ideation

Background: Cultivating positive feelings of self in relationships with others can affect perceptions of belongingness and burdensomeness. Aims: The present study examines the relationships of self-compassion, hope, and emotional control to thwarted belongingness, perceived burdensomeness, and suicidal ideation. Method: Participants were 481 college students who completed scales measuring self-compassion, hope, emotional control, thwarted belongingness, perceived burdensomeness, and suicidal ideation. Results: Correlation and […]

Self-care and wellness checks in emergency field hospitals during COVID-19 pandemic: A new self-check tool for military personnel and civilians

The authors explore the impact of cumulative stress on United States (US) military service members (SM), including soldiers and medical personnel, deployed to serve in New York City (NYC) communities. Their mission was to assist in establishing emergency field hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Causative biopsychosocial factors are presented, as well as the impact of […]

The role of self-compassion in the job demands-resources model: an explorative study among crisis line volunteers

The job demands-resources (JD-R) model has hardly been studied in volunteer organizations and there is a scarcity of studies evaluating self-compassion as a personal resource within the JD-R model. The present study addresses these gaps in current knowledge, first by examining the applicability of the JD-R model in a crisis line volunteer organization. Second, self-compassion […]

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 […]

Self-compassion and suicidal behavior in college students: Serial indirect effects via depression and wellness behaviors

Objective: College students may be at heightened risk for suicide and suicidal behavior due to maladaptive cognitive-emotional factors and failure to practice basic health behaviors. However, self-compassion and wellness behaviors may protect against risk. The relation between self-compassion and suicidal behavior and the contributing roles of depressive symptoms and wellness behaviors was examined. Participants: Participants were […]

Self-compassion and suicide risk in veterans: When the going gets touch, do the tough benefit more from self-compassion?

Objectives: Veterans are at particular risk for suicide due to psychopathological, emotional, and interpersonal risk factors. However, the presence of individual-level protective factors, such as self-compassion, may reduce risk, becoming more salient at increasing levels of distress and psychopathology, per theory. We examined the relation between self-compassion and suicide risk, and the moderating effects of […]

Common pathways to NSSI and suicide ideation: The roles of rumination and self-compassion

We investigated whether rumination and self-compassion moderate and/or mediate the relationships between negative affect and both non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) and suicide ideation. Undergraduate university students (n = 415) completed well-validated measures of negative affect, rumination, self-compassion, NSSI, and suicide ideation. Neither rumination nor self-compassion moderated associations between negative affect and NSSI and suicide ideation. However, both rumination […]

Is this the night: Finding inner peace. A self-care guide for family & friends impacted by a suicidal crisis

Openly discussing the impact of a suicidal crisis on family and friends is still shrouded in prejudice and discrimination prohibiting those who need it the most, from reaching out to receive the support they deserve. No one ever asks, “How’s your suicide attempt survivor?” Is This the Night: Finding Inner Peace is not a clinical […]

Teachings around self-care and medicine gathering in Manitoulin Island, Ontario: Rebuilding capacity begins with youth.

Aboriginal community leaders and health researchers in Canada have recently looked to self-determination, self-governance, and capacity building as solutions to reducing the gap in health disparities particularly among youth. Yet little research has investigated how the promotion of autonomy and self-determination through self-care could directly contribute to improved health and wellbeing. This paper examines how […]

Self-care as a professional imperative: Physician burnout, depression, and suicide.

Negative cognitions about the self in patients with persecutory delusions: An empirical study of self-compassion, self-stigma, schematic beliefs, self-esteem, fear of madness, and suicidal ideation.

Patients with persecutory delusions had marked negative self cognitions. Low self-compassion, low self-esteem and increased fears of madness were found. Also beliefs of inferiority, negative self-schemas, and low positive self-schemas. Suicidal ideation was highly associated with several negative self constructs.

Coping with suicidal thoughts: A survey of personal experience.

The objective of the study was to describe use of services and self-care strategies by people experiencing suicidal thoughts. Methods: Constituents of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (N=611) completed an anonymous online survey regarding experience of suicidal ideation and use of a range of clinical services, community supports, and self-care strategies. Results: Mental health […]

Embodying self-compassion within virtual reality and its effects on patients with depression.

Background Self-criticism is a ubiquitous feature of psychopathology and can be combatted by increasing levels of self-compassion. However, some patients are resistant to self-compassion. Aims To investigate whether the effects of self-identification with virtual bodies within immersive virtual reality could be exploited to increase self-compassion in patients with depression. Method We developed an 8-minute scenario […]

“It’s either do it or die”: The role of self-management of suicidality in people with experience of mental illness.

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Depression: Understanding the black dog.

Having suffered from major depression for much of her life, Stephanie Sorrell has learned to work with the disease rather than against it. Where so many mental-health books feature Ôfighting and overcomingÔ depression, her experience and understanding have enabled her to see the value of the condition rather than what it can take away. In […]

Client suicide: what now?

The loss of a client to suicide is a painful personal and professional experience for mental health providers. Whether trainee or experienced professional, the affected clinician often reports feeling overwhelmed and unprepared for the experience of client suicide, together with significant emotional distress and diminished work performance. In this article, we present a brief overview […]

Body regard as a moderator of the relation between emotion dysregulation and nonsuicidal self-injury.

Despite research documenting a strong association between emotion dysregulation and nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI), the moderators of this association have received little attention. Thus, it remains unclear why some individuals with heightened emotion dysregulation engage in NSSI and others do not. Body regard (i.e., how one perceives, experiences, and cares for the body) may be one […]

Make Suicide Prevention Everyone’s Business. Suicide & Self Harm Prevention: Effective Practice Guidelines

This guideline from Northern Ireland has 5 chapters: 1) essential facts & information on suicide, self-harm, & prevention; 2) models of good practice; 3) look after yourself & others – a directory of useful contacts for the Northern area; 4) current training programs; & 5) useful references & publications. The information in the guideline is […]

Constructing Bridges of Support: School Counsellors’ Experiences of Student Suicide

Despite their important roles, there is litte research that explores the experiences of school counsellors who have lost clients to suicide. In this study, 7 school counsellors were individually interviewed, & data were analyzed using a basic interpretative qualitative method informed by grounded theory. Themes related to training & practice standards, support resources, & self-care […]

Survivor of Suicide Handbook

This booklet, adapted from the original written & published by the former Calgary Health Region, provides information for those bereaved by suicide on dealing with their grief & practical matters, such as planning a funeral & taking care of finances.

Impact of Client Suicide on Practitioner Posttraumatic Growth

The purpose of this study was to examine posttraumatic growth in clinicians after the suicide death of a client. Significant results included finding compassion fatigue, clinical experience, & hours of working with suicidal clients at the time of the last completed client suicide were correlated with posttraumatic growth. Time passed since the practitioner’s last client […]