Life after suicide

Documentary. Angela Samata explores why some people take their own lives and how those who love them come to terms with the loss.

Suicide risk factors and warning signs: What we’ve learned from the research

It’s important to understand that there are many potential suicide risk variables, the following are a subset of variables with strong empirical research support: Risk factors including a history of suicidal behaviors; suicidal thoughts; suicide preparation; Warning signs including severe substance abuse; impulsivity; critical relationship problems; severe health/pain problems; serious sleep problems and[…]

Changes in the pattern of suicides and suicide attempt admissions in relation to the COVID‑19 pandemic

The consequences of the current COVID-19 pandemic for mental health remain unclear, especially regarding the effects on suicidal behaviors. To assess changes in the pattern of suicide attempt (SA) admissions and completed suicides (CS) in association with the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of a longitudinal study, SA admissions and CS are systematically documented and analyzed[…]

Suicidal vulnerability in older adults and the elderly: Study based on risk variables

Background: Predicting suicidal vulnerability based on previous risk factors remains a challenge for mental health professionals, especially in specific subpopulations.
Aims: This study aimed to use structural equation modelling to assess which sociodemographic and clinical variables are most predictive and modulating of repeated self-injury or reattempts at suicide in older adults and the elderly[…]

A one-year longitudinal study on suicidal ideation, depression and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic

This longitudinal study aimed to examine the within-person changes in suicidal ideation, depression, and anxiety between the first wave of COVID-19 pandemic  and the third wave (i.e., one year later), while nationwide lockdowns were in effect. Among 720 respondents, 4.72% presented suicidal ideation, which appeared  unaltered one-year post-pandemic onset, while both depression (21.25% versus 28.06%)[…]

Suicide crises among women and mothers during and around the time of pregnancy: Prevalence and timing of initial contact with first responders and health services

Suicide is a leading cause of maternal mortality. Suicidality during and around the time of pregnancy can have detrimental impacts on a child’s development and outcomes. This paper examines prevalence, demographic characteristics, and timing of initial contact with first responders and health services for a cohort of women who experienced suicidality during and[…]

Childhood adversities and suicidal thoughts and behaviors among first‑year college students: Results from the WMH‑ICS initiative

To investigate the associations of childhood adversities (CAs) with lifetime onset and transitions across suicidal thoughts and behaviors (STB) among incoming college students. Methods
Web-based self-report surveys administered to 20,842 incoming college students from nine countries (response rate 45.6%) assessed lifetime suicidal ideation, plans and attempts along with seven CAs: parental psychopathology,[…]

Reported trends in suicidality in children 10 and younger

As reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2015, a child aged 5 to 14 years dies by suicide nearly once per day in the United States. However,  suicidality in children ages 10 and younger has not been researched separately from suicidality in adolescents and adults. Data in this qualitative grounded theory[…]

Reflecting back to move forward with suicide behavior estimation for First Nations in Canada

While many countries produce suicide rates, within country estimation practices may privilege the dominant society and fail to report suicide estimates for populations historically discriminated against. In Canada, national suicide mortality studies are rarely reported for Indigenous populations. Yet, this population is known for high suicide behavior. Administrative, census and survey data are available but[…]

Suicidal behavior in children: Issues and implications for elementary schools

Youth suicide is massive public health problem. Although adolescent suicide has received greater attention in the professional literature, suicidal behavior in the form of suicidal ideation, suicide threats and/or plans, suicide attempts, and suicide does occur in preadolescent children. This article provides an overview of suicidal behavior in children, including the scope of the problem,[…]