Effects of risk-based firearm seizure laws in Connecticut and Indiana on suicide rates, 1981–2015

Indiana’s firearm seizure law was associated with a 7.5% reduction in firearm suicides in the ten years following its enactment, an effect specific to suicides with firearms and larger than that seen in any comparison state by chance alone. Enactment of Connecticut’s law was associated with a 1.6% reduction in firearm suicides immediately after its […]

Safe Return to School for Students With Risky Behaviors: This Worked in my School

The author describes a procedure developed in her district for providing for the safe return of at-risk students to the school, including those at risk for suicide, self-injury, or risk to others. The “Newington Public Schools Safe Return Form” is included. (3 refs.)

Placing Blame After the Suicide of a Minor: Analysis of State v. Scruggs and Connecticut’s Risk-of-Injury Statute


Investigation of a Developmental Model of Risk for Depression and Suicidality Following Spousal Bereavement

Data from a community-based multi-wave investigation were used to examine a developmental model of risk for depression & suicidality following the death of a spouse. Measures of perceived parental affection & control during childhood were administered to 218 widowed adults 11 months after the death of the spouse. Self-esteem, spousal dependency, depression, & suicidality were […]

Relationships Between Suicide Risk, Traumatic Experiences, and Substance use Among Juvenile Detainees

This article examines relationships among determinants of suicidal ideation utilizing various screening instruments. 757 consecutive youth admitted to detention in Connecticut were included in this study. In bivariate & multivariate analyses (controlling for demographic & Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument 2 scores), relationships were found between the Traumatic Experiences & Alcohol & Drug Use subscales of […]

Where do Hopes go?

Trauma Exposure, Post-traumatic Stress, and Suicide Risk in Juvenile Detainees

Endangered Youth: a Report on Suicide Among Adolescents Involved With the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems

This report familiarizes professionals representing a broad range of agencies with a framework that addresses the risk factors for suicide that children, youth & families involved in the child welfare & juvenile justice systems experience. Key areas considered are behavioural health, child safety, educational programming, & legal services, as well as prevention, early intervention, & […]

Suicidal Ideation and Suicide Attempts in Treatment-seeking Pathological Gamblers


Guidelines for Suicide Prevention: Policy and Procedures Second Edition

This document provides an update and revision of the Connecticut Guidelines for Suicide Prevention: Policy & Procedures. New to this revision is the proposal that suicide prevention should be coordinated with, rather than compete with, other prevention initiatives in schools. Also new is material about coordinating with resources that have emerged with the expansion of […]

Policy for Dealing With Youth Suicide Prevention and Youth Suicide Attempts

This document presents administrative procedures developed by the Connecticut State Department of Education that are intended to guide actions regarding potentially suicidal students. It reviews actions to be taken by the school system with regard to students who are identified as (1) having potential risk for suicide, (2) exhibiting commonly recognized warning signs of potential […]

Connecticut Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Plan

Youth Suicide Prevention: Public and Private Partnerships

This document summarizes a discussion of the Connecticut Public Act No.89-191, entitled An Act Concerning the Prevention of Youth Suicide, & the activities of its coordinating body, the Connecticut Youth Suicide Advisory Board.

Premenstrual Disorders: Bridging Research and Clinical Reality

Women were recruited from 6 primary care obstetric-gynecological practices for participation in an open trial assessing the effectiveness of a serotonin reuptake inhibitor as a treatment for subsyndromal (3-4 symptoms) & syndromal (> 4 symptoms) premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). 24% of women with possible PMDD endorsed suicidal thoughts at any level (several days, more than […]

Physicians’ Voices on Physician-Assisted Suicide: Looking Beyond the Numbers

This study reports qualitative data provided by 909 Connecticut physicians as part of a larger survey regarding attitudes toward & experiences with physician-assisted suicide & palliative care. Emergent themes illustrate important clinical, social, & ethical considerations in this area. The data illustrate the diverse & ardent responses that physician-assisted suicide evokes among certain physicians. The […]

Physician-Assisted Suicide and Palliative Care: Beliefs and Empiricism in the Policy Debate

This article provides a brief over-view of recent research on the practice of physician-assisted suicide (PAS) in Connecticut. In addition, the article examines recent empirical evidence about the role of depression in patients’ end-of-life decisions, & synthesizes relevant literature on the relationship between PAS & palliative care in the context of recent experience in Oregon. […]

Should Disagreement About Physician-Assisted Suicide Discourage Professional Societies From Engagin in Public Debate? A Survey of 677 Connecticut Internists

This study examined whether physicians within an American state-level professional association who disagree about the ethics of physician-assisted suicide also disagree about organized professional engagement in public discussions regarding physician-assisted suicide. 84% of the 677 survey respondents indicated support for physician participation regardless of attitude toward physician-assisted suicide. 28% favored physician-assisted suicide, while 53% opposed […]

The Physician-Assisted Suicide Policy Dilemma: a Pilot Study of the Views and Experiences of Connecticut Physicians

This study gathered data on physician characteristics, attitudes toward physician-assisted suicide (PAS), factors influencing attitudes toward PAS, & sensitivity to the role of depression in a sample of 397 psychiatrists, internists, & family practitioners in Connecticut. Psychiatrists were significantly more likely to be supportive of PAS than were internists or family practitioners. Most respondents expressed […]

Could Adequate Palliative Care Obviate Assisted Suicide?

This survey of Connecticut physicians found physicians nearly evenly divided on the questions of whether there is a role for physician-assisted suicide (PAS) in systems where adequate palliatve care is available. These groups were found to differ significantly on numerous personal & practice characteristics, as well as perceptions of various risks of PAS. Written comments […]

Traumatic Grief as a Risk Factor for Mental and Physical Morbidity


Physician Liability for Suicide of Noncustodial Patient

This article discusses a verdict by the Connecticut Supreme Court which held that physicians may be liable for the suicide of noncustodial patients in certain circumstances. In this case, Edwards vs. Tardif, the plaintiff presented evidence that the treatment of Edwards fell below accepted standards of care, & offered expert testimony that suicide is a […]

Metamorphosis of a Statewide Crisis Service

‘Generation Depressed’: Suicide Attempts Rock a New England Town

In a 5 day period, 8 girls were brought to New Milford Hospital after what hospital officials call suicidal gestures. The girls, gave their reasons as being bored with life. There has been at least 6 teen-suicide attempts over the previous few months. Dr. Sobo, chief of psychiatry at the Hospital, said there had been […]