Safety Plan Treatment Manual to Reduce Suicide Risk: Veteran Version

This manual describes a brief clinical intervention, safety planning, that can serve as a valuable adjunct to risk assessment & may be used with veterans who have attempted suicide, have suicide ideation, have psychiatric disorders that increase suicide risk, or who are otherwise determined to be at high risk for suicide. The purpose of the […]

Promoting Mental Health and Preventing Suicide: a Toolkit for Senior Living Communities HHS Publication No. SMA(10)4515, CMHS-NSPL-0197

This Toolkit contains resources to help staff in senior living communities promote mental health & prevent suicide among their residents. A comprehensive framework incorporating three essential approaches is used. The approaches are: 1) whole population approach – activities & programs that benefit the mental well-being of all residents; 2) at-risk approach – strategies ensuring that […]

Unimaginable Loss: Contingent Suicidal Ideation in Family Members of Oncology Patients

Family members of patients with cancer may reveal to the medical team that they are considering suicide after their loved one dies. No literature is available indicating how to assess risk & to intervene with these individuals. The authors describe various warning signs & seek to improve awareness & approaches to suicide prevention. 5 cases […]

Religious Beliefs, Coping Skills and Responsibility to Family as Factors Protecting Against Deliberate Self-Harm

This study examined whether religious beliefs, coping skills, & responsibility to family serve as factors protecting against deliberate self-harm in Sabah, Malaysia. A cross-sectional comparative study assessed deliberate self-harm hospital patients admitted during December 2006-April 2007. 42 patients were matched with 42 controls. There were significant differences in religious beliefs & responsibility to family between […]

Perceived Burdensomeness, Familism, and Suicidal Ideation Among Mexican Women: Enhancing Understanding of Risk and Protective Factors

The interpersonal-psychological theory of suicide & a culturally-relevant construct, familism, was used to examine predictors of suicide ideation among Mexican & Mexican American women in the United States. A sense of perceived burdensomeness toward others was expected to significantly predict suicide ideation, especially among women who endorsed high levels of familism. 73 outpatients completed self-report […]

Suicidality and depression among African American adolescents: the role of family and peer support and community connectedness

Rates of suicide are increasing among African Americans adolescents. One area that has received little attention is the relationship between depressive symptoms and suicidality. 212 participants completed in-school surveys on three types of social support: family support,peer support and community connectedness.Survey also addressed depressive symptoms and suicidality, as measured by reasons for living, a cognitive […]

Gender differences in suicidal expressions and their determinants among young people in Cambodia, a post-conflict country

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The Role of Gender and Sexual Relations for Young People in Identity Construction and Youth Suicide

This paper examines the cultural context of youth suicide, & asks how youth suicide may be related to emerging sexual identity. In particular, it focuses on the situation of young heterosexual women. The findings are based on interviews with 41 young people, parents, & youth service providers. Interviews were semi-structured & open-ended, & included the […]

Consumer Participation: Ensuring Suicide Postvention Research Counts for end Users

This article describes how consumers were included in the research process of a South Australian study into suicide postvention services, & illustrates important principles to consider when including consumers in research. A concurrent mixed-method approach facilitated the collection of mixed data through the application of questionnaires. Because of media releases, a large number of people […]

The Effectiveness of Family-Based Cognitive-Behavior Grief Therapy to Prevent Complicated Grief in Relatives of Suicide Victims: the Mediating Role of Suicide Ideation

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An Investigation of the Association Between Bonding Family Social Capital and Bonding Peer Social Capital and Adolescent Suicide Risk

This study examined the association between bonding family social capital & bonding peer social capital & adolescent suicide risk. The sample was made up of 259 adolescents, Grades 9 to 11, from a school in the Durban metropolitan area. The results of the study confirmed the hypothesis that adolescents categorized as being at-risk (had suicide […]

Phenomenological Psychological Autopsies: a Survivor Driven Model for Understanding Suicide

The purpose of this study was 2-fold. First, the intent was to increase knowledge about why people die by suicide. Second, the author hoped to assess the suitability & advantage of using the qualitative method of phenomenology to conduct psychological autopsies. Data was collected from 5 participants during the summer of 2008. The narratives present […]

Suicidal Ideation and Distress Among Immigrant Adolescents: the Role of Acculturation, Life Stress, and Social Support

Measures of acculturative & general life stress & a measure of multiple sources of social support were used to predict psychological distress & suicide ideation among Korean-born high school students residing in the United States. Students who were sojourning without both parents were compared to students who immigrated with both parents, students who remained in […]

Suicide Prevention Among Older Adults: a Guide for Family Members

This guide was designed for family members & other people who provide social support to older adults. The purpose of the guide is to help individuals recognize suicide risk factors & warning signs, & to know what to do if an older adult is at risk for suicide. JA

The Invisible Family: a Qualitative Study of Suicide Survivors in Taiwan

This interpretive phenomenological study described the commonality of the lived experience of suicide survivors & how it influences their family relationships in Taiwan from a sociocultural perspective. 13 survivors participated in the study. Results reveal that some survivors blame themselves, some blame others, & some are blamed by their family as part of their need […]

The Relative Influence of Different Domains of Social Connectedness on Self-Directed Violence in Adolescence

Few studies have analyzed the comparative strength of different domains of connectedness to determine where limited resources to lower the risk of self-directed violence among adolescents might best be focused. This study addressed this gap by using data from the Student Health & Safety Survey, administered to 4,131 7th-12th graders. Logistic regressions suggested that family […]

Action to be Taken in the Event of a Suspected Suicide in an Inpatient Psychiatric Unit: Guidelines

These guidelines were developed to assist staff in managing the events surrounding the suicide of an inpatient. The roles & responsibilites of various health care professionals are outlined. Procedures for debriefing, the collection & return of the patient’s property, documentation, & support for the bereaved family are also included. Copies of the forms that have […]

Family Rejection as a Predictor of Negative Health Outcomes in White and Latino Lesbian, gay, and Bisexual Young Adults

Quantitative scales were developed to assess retrospectively in young adults the frequency of parental & caregiver reactions to a lesbian, gay, or bisexual orientation during adolescence. The survey was administered to a sample of 224 white & Latino young adults, aged 21-25. Higher rates of family rejection were significantly associated with poorer health outcomes. On […]

Viewing the Body After Bereavement due to a Traumatic Death: Qualitative Study in the UK

This analysis of narrative interviews with 80 bereaved individuals interprets their accounts of why & how they decided whether to view the body & their emotional reactions to this, immediately & at a later stage. Half of the sample had been bereaved by suicide. Decisions about seeing the body varied. Viewing the body brought home […]

Social Environment Factors Associated With Suicide Attempt Among low-Income African Americans: the Protective Role of Family Relationships and Social Support

This study focused on 2 dimensions of the social enviroment, family relationships & social support, as well as depressive symptoms in a case-control study of 200 African American men & women, aged 18-64 years, 100 of whom sought services at a public hospital after a suicide attempt & 100 who were controls. Lower levels of […]

Family Factors Predicting Categories of Suicide Risk

Family risk & protective factors were compared among potential high school dropouts with & without suicide-risk behaviours. The extent to which these factors predict categories of suicide-risk behaviours was examined. Based upon suicide-risk status, 1,083 potential dropouts were defined as belonging to 1 of 4 groups: 573 no risk, 242 low risk, 137 moderate risk, […]

Attitudes Towards Suicide Among Kurdish People in Iran

1000 households in Iranian Kurdisan participated in a cross-sectional study that took place from April-May 2006. Participants were selected by a cluster random sampling process. A questionnaire on attitudes toward suicide was used to measure suicide-related attitudes & thoughts. Suicide-related experiences were more often reported from the wider social network than from family members. There […]

Familial Aggregation of Suicidal Ideation in Psychiatric Patients: Influence of Gender

To investigate the role of familial factors for suicide ideation, 48 psychiatric patients belonging to 20 nuclear & 3-generation families were interviewed. The effect of familiality on suicide ideation was estimated through the use of mixed model analysis with family as random effect & gender, age, & depressive score as fixed effects. The effect of […]