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 […]

Suicide in the North West: a Review of Non-Residential and Outdoor Suicide Locations

To help support an effective regional response in the northwest region of the United Kingdom, the North West Public Health Observatory was commissioned to analyse non-residential suicide locations. This report discusses suicide locations with multiple events & prevention strategies. The research methodology is described. Results are discussed in terms of suicides & open verdicts & […]

Correctional Suicide: has Progress Ended?

In this editorial, the author discusses recent data from the American Bureau of Justice Statistics that suggests a point of diminishing progress in jail suicide prevention may have been reached. She reviews some of the factors that may be involved, including the passage of the Prison Litigation Reform Act. Prevention can be improved by addressing […]

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, […]

The Self-Harm Patient in the Emergency Room

This presentation discussed a participant observation study done in the emergency department of the Toronto General Hospital. The purpose of the research was to determine how parasuicidal patients were perceived & treated by staff. Results indicated self-harm patients received prompt medical attention but faced largely unempathic care by many of the emergency room staff. Programs […]

Suicide Prevention in Correctional Facilities (IN: Innovations in Clinical Practice: a Source Book, v.11, edited by L VandeCreek, S Knapp, & T L Jackson)

The purpose of this chapter is to outline & describe three primary elements of successful suicide prevention in corrections: risk identification, intervention, & training. (72 refs.)

Revisiting “Suicide Proofing” an Inpatient Unit Through Environmetal Safeguards: a Review


Commuter Campus Suicide Prevention Program Challenges: Engaging Nontraditional Students and College Faculty/Staff (In: Compelling Counseling Interventions: VISTA 2008, edited by G R Walz, J. C. Bleuer, & R K Yep)


Final Report. Suicide Prevention for BME Groups in England. Report From the BME Suicide Prevention Project


Summary. An Evaluation of Maine’s Comprehensive School-Based Youth Suicide Prevention Program

This report provides an overview of the results of a multi-method evaluation of the comprehensive school-based youth suicide prevention & intervention program in Maine. Data were collected through interviews with key school personnel, a survey of all staff, a document analysis of written protocols, pre- & post-follow up of gatekeeper training participants, observation of classroom […]

Accident & Emergency Nursing: Assessment of Deliberate Self-Harm. Exploring the Impact of Introducing a Suicide Education Programme and a Suicide Intent Scale Into A&E/MAU Nursing Practice: a Pilot Study

This study evaluted the impact of a suicide awareness & skills education programme upon a cohort of emergency nurses as well as the use of a suicide intent scale in assessing deliberate self-harm patients. Over a 9-month prospective period, 193 deliberate self-harm patients presented to the general hospital in Wexford. Using a pre-post design, staffs’ […]

When Students Kill Themselves, Colleges may get the Blame

This publication discusses the most common claims against American colleges & universities with respect to student suicides. The most common claims have been: the institution put the student in harm’s way; the institution failed to recognize suicide warning signs; & the institution failed to respond appropriately to warning signs. It is stated that, legally, the […]

Does a Brief Training on Suicide Prevention Among General Hospital Personnel Impact Their Baseline Attitudes Towards Suicidal Behavior?

40 non-clinical & 102 clinical professionals in a university hospital in Brazil were evaluated with the Suicide Behavior Attitude Questionnaire before the start & immediately after a 3-hour training on suicide prevention. Surprisingly, there were no significant differences for the great majority of Questionnaire items between clinical & nonclinical staff both pre- & post-training. Attitudes […]

Review of General Bereavement Support and Specific Services Available Following Suicide Bereavement

This book includes chapters on: key points & recommendations; information available to the bereaved; the role of self-help groups; models of service provision; training & development for bereavement support services staff; the current profile of service delivery in Ireland; future service delivery; & costing of service delivery. Appendices provide a reference list, a bibliography, terms […]

Suicide Intervention With Hearing-Impaired Adolescents

Little research is available on adolescent suicide in the deaf population. This presentation reviewed the general literature, highlighting those areas in which particular application could be made to hearing-impaired adolescents. A summary was provided of the unique dynamics & factors which apply to hearing impaired adolescents & which helping progressionals should keep in mind while […]