Suicide survivor support groups: Comings and goings, part 1

This two-part report examines important aspects of survivor of suicide support groups: some of the motivating factors attracting survivors to join these groups and why many withdraw as time after a loss passes. From a variety of data sources, including survey data collected from 462 parents losing a child to suicide, participant observation data (collected […]

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


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 […]

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 […]

Risk of Non-Fatal Suicide Ideation and Behaviour in Recent Onset Schizophrenia: the Influence of Clinical, Social, Self-Esteem and Demographic Factors

59 patients with recent onset schizophrenia were assessed for suicide ideation & history, & a range of demographic, clinical, social, & self-esteem measures. Approximately 25% of the sample reported a current desire to kill themselves & 47% had made 1 or more previous attempts. There were numerous significant univariate differences between those with or without […]

Rocky Roads: the Journeys of Families Through Suicide Grief

The grief journey following a suicide loss is not a quick & easy path. Because people are unique, as are the life experiences of individuals, the road can open up in several ways for each person. In this book, the author guides the family unit with a road map to navigate suicide grief as individuals […]

Suicide Prevention for Military Families: What you Need to Know About Warning Signs and Getting Help

This pamphlet offers general information on warning signs of suicide & prevention strategies for family members of military personnel & veterans.

Postvention for African American Families Following a Loved One’s Suicide

This article provides information about suicide in the African American community, suicide & families, & suicide interventions, particularly those with a family focus. A culturally informed postvention model, Healing and Understanding Grieving Suicide Survivors (HUGSS), is presented. The article provides a discussion of the rationale for a culturally informed postvention program for African American suicide […]

Individual and Parental Psychiatric History and Risk for Suicide Among Adolescents and Young Adults in Denmark: a Population-Based Study

Suicide risk among adolescents & young adults was explored according to detailed aspects of individual & parental psychiatric admission history. A nested case-control study used data from 4,142 Danish suicides & 82,840 matched controls, aged 9-35 years. Data were analyzed with conditional logistic regression. A history of hospitalized psychiatric illness was a strong risk factor […]

Suicide Attempts in a Nigerian Military Setting

The characteristics of patients who attempted suicide in a military setting are described & the differences between the attempters & a group of non-suicidal, affective disorder patients are examined. 51 consecutive cases of suicide attempt were compared with a control group with no history of attempted suicide. 60.8% of attempters were under the age of […]

Police Suicide: Assessing the Needs of the Survivors (In: Suicide and Law Enforcement, edited by D C Sheehan & J I Warren)

This article discusses the results of a study conducted by Survivors of Law Enforcement Suicide (SOLES) & makes recommendations to prevent or reduce survivor trauma based on that study. The trauma that survivors experience may stem from seeing horrifying sights at the scene of the suicide, being improperly notified, hearing about department speculation, or feeling […]

Development and Evaluation of a Guideline for Nursing Care of Suicidal Patients With Schizophrenia

This study developed & tested an evidence-based guideline that would support nursing care for suicidal patients with schizophrenia. A systematic review of the literature & expert consultation preceded completion of the guideline. 21 nurses from 2 mental health institutions in The Netherlands tested the guideline for feasibility in nursing practice. The guideline was found to […]

Engaging Suicidal Youth in Outpatient Treatment: Theoretical and Empirical Underpinnings

The treatment engagement literature for suicidal youth has largely focused on identifying empirical correlates of attendance & testing interventions to increase compliance. In an effort to promote the use of theory in this field, this article employs Staudt’s (2007) conceptual model of the treatment engagement process to both organize the empirical literature & to explain […]

Barriers to Effective Mental Health Interventions That Reduce Suicide by Police Officers (In: Suicide and Law Enforcement, edited by D C Sheehan & J I Warren)

Suicide by officers became the genesis of a confidential counselling program for officers & their families. However, 10 years after these deaths, a confidential counselling service was shifted to a gatekeeper, nonconfidential service delivery model. Within 2 years, three more officers had died by suicide. This agency provided a near-perfect A-B-A research design where the […]

Youthful Suicide and Social Support: Exploring the Social Dynamics of Suicide-Related Behavior and Attitudes Within a National Sample of US Adolescents

This study, using the National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health (Add Health), explores the ties between social support mechanisms & adolescent suicide ideation & attempts. Using the 2-level hierarchical generalized linear modeling technique, it was found that such phenomena can be understood in terms of social support & certain individual factors, some common to both […]

Crisis Intervention in the Context of Outpatient Treatment of Suicidal Patients (IN: Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention of Suicidal Behavior, edited by R I Yufit & D Lester)

This chapter outlines a framework for crisis intervention in suicide management that is guided by a basic conceptualizaton of suicide that incorporates crisis intervention principles & goals. Additional variables that are critical to clinically sound outpatient management of suicidal patients & issues that tend to be underemphasized by therapists in working with suicidal patients are […]

After a Suicide Attempt: What Next? Information for Family & Friends

This pamphlet provides information for friends & family on how to help an individual who has attempted suicide. Phone numbers are provided for crisis lines & mental health services in Prince Edward Island.

Themes of Police Suicide: an Analysis of Forensic Data, Media Coverage, and Case Studies Leading to a Protocol of Assessment and Treatment (In: Suicide and Law Enforcement, edited by D C Sheehan & J I Warren)

Through the analysis of forensic data, media coverage, & clinical case records of officers who died by suicide or attempted suicide or who were evaluated for suicide, this chapter presents an analysis of the importance of family factors in both the cause & treatment of suicide potential in police officers. Family intervention tactics that encourage […]