Taking the fear out of suicide assessment and intervention: a pedagogical and humanistic practice.


Suicide in Jails and Prisons

This bulletin discusses suicide prevention in jails & prisons. Risk factors are outlined & prevention procedures are delineated, including: intake screening, post-intake observation & monitoring, management following intake screening, & physical environment & architecture. It is concluded the policies & procedures to prevent inmate suicide must blend security & medical responses in order to be[…]

Training Outcomes From the Samaritans of New York Suicide Awareness and Prevention Programme Among Community- and School-Based Staff

365 community- & school-based staff completed pre- & post-training measures of self-efficacy regarding their knowledge about suicide & suicide prevention, & their ability to intervene with individuals at risk for suicide. Results indicated increased self-efficacy after suicide prevention training than before. Trainees with higher levels of education & previous contact with suicidal individuals were significantly[…]

Management of Schizophrenia With Suicide Risk

The management of schizophrenic patients with suicide risk remains a difficult area for clinicians despite attempts to understand it better by gathering experts in the field. The aim of this article is to provide an overview with a specific focus on the management of schizophrenia with suicide risk. Management strategies discussed include: the recognition of[…]

Correctional Service of Canada’s Response to Deaths in Custody: Final Assessment

This assessment presents 9 case summaries of deaths in custody that occurred between April 2008-April 2010. The cases were purposefully selected as they highlight significant &, in many instances, recurring patterns & themes. They illustrate the complexity of the challenges facing the Correctional Service of Canada in preserving life in a correctional context. Each case[…]

Suicide Prevention Training: one Department’s Response (In: Suicide and Law Enforcement, edited by D C Sheehan & J I Warren)

The proactive response of the Miami-Dade Police Department to law enforcement suicide & indirect self-destructive behaviour through an interactive training program is described in this chapter. Law enforcement suicide is defined as a problem-solving behaviour primarily aimed at improving a threatened self-image (sudden shame). The dynamics of the suicidal paradox, the avoidance of euphemisms, &[…]

Law Enforcement Suicide: the Supervisor’s Guide to Prevention and Intervention (IN: Suicide and Law Enforcement, edited by D C Sheehan & J I Warren)

The law enforcement first-line supervisor, when properly trained, can play a vital role in prevention & intervention tactics relating to law enforcement suicide. Law enforcement agencies have a responsibility to educate & train first-line supervisors (& eventually all personnel) in the recognition of signs & symptoms in those officers that could be indicators of possible[…]

A Follow-Up Report on Preventing Suicide: Focus on Medical/Surgical Units and the Emergency Department

In 1998, The Joint Commission published a Sentinel Event Alert on preventing inpatient suicides. This Alert updates the prevention strategies presented in that Alert with a focus on general hospitals & the prevention of suicide in medical/surgical units & the emergency department. The goal of this publication is to assure that patients outside of psychiatric[…]

Suicide Prevention and Intervention

With appropriate attention & thoughtful planning, the risk of student suicide can be minimized. In this article, the authors discuss the role of schools in suicide prevention & intervention. Programs should include awareness education & screening, crisis & mental health team coordination, collaboration with community services, reliance on evidence-based strategies, & clear intervention & postvention[…]

The Sustained Reduction of Youth Suicidal Behavior in an Urban, Multicultural School District

An 18-year longitudinal case study of the suicide rates of Florida students attending a large, urban, multicultural school district between 1989-2006 is described. The high rate of suicide (5.5 per 100,000 students, ages 5-19) in the district during 1980-1988 led to the development & implementation of a district-wide prevention & intervention program incorporating universal, selected,[…]