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[…]

Relationship Between Religious Coping and Suicidal Behaviours Among African American Adolescents


Using the Case-Study Methodology to Teach Ethics to Public Health Students

This article uses the case-study methodology as a strategy to facilitate examination of ethical principles that underlie developmental risk research carried out among adolescents. Description of the ethical dilemmas that arose during the implementation of a randomized controlled trial is presented along with discussion guidelines. Ethical dilemmas specifically related to the reporting of suicidal ideation[…]

Police Suicide: Understanding Grief and Loss

Suicide From Bridges in Washington, DC

This analysis examined the effects of bridge barriers on the number of suicides from bridges in Washington, DC. Barriers were installed on the Ellington bridge in 1986 & from 1987-1989, there were no suicides from this bridge. Results suggest that the total number of bridge suicides declined after the installation of barriers on the Ellington[…]

Help for Your Head

It is claimed that untreated depression accounts for 70% of suicides & April is the peak month for suicide. Discussion includes: depression & occupations, e.g. lawyers, serotonin, 10 steps to being happy, therapy vs. drugs, familial impact & link to depression, drugs for depression & self-medication, different kinds of therapies, marriage problems & therapy, successful[…]

A Lesson in Prevention

This article describes development of the Adolescent Suicide Prevention Program started in 1982 in Virginia & includes an initial evaluation. After the first year, suicides were less than half the number occurring the year before the program began. The article discusses program organization, training for school administrators & teachers, parental involvement & student involvement (peer[…]

Restrictive gun Control Laws

This article summarizes a study done by Loftin et al (1991) on the effects of handgun control laws on homicide & suicide in the District of Columbia (see SIEC #920228). Homicides & suicides by firearms both decreased by about 25% after the new legislation; rates in corresponding metropolitan areas remained unchanged. There was no compensatory[…]

Case Consultation: Community Suicide Prevention: the Effectiveness of Bridge Barriers

The issue of bridge suicides in Washington D.C. is discussed in regards to the installation of suicide fences. There were 3 main arguments used against the installation of the fences: 1. the fences blocked scenic views; 2. the architectural integrity of the bridges had to be maintained; and 3. fences do not prevent suicides. Comments[…]

Terror on the South Lawn. White House: a Flying Suicide Exposes a Myth

This article discusses the case of Frank Corder, a 38-year-old Maryland man, who committed suicide by crashing a plane into the White House. Theoretically, downtown Washington, DC is blanketed by a no-fly zone. The ease with which Corder breached this zone has raised many questions about the security of the president & the White House.