Spatial patterns and neighborhood characteristics of overall suicide clusters in Florida from 2001 to 2010.

Introduction Although spatial examination of mortality and morbidity is becoming more common in health studies, the investigation of suicide death clusters within the neighborhood context is underutilized. The purpose of this ecological study is to detect high- and low-risk clusters of suicide deaths in Florida and determine which neighborhood characteristics distinguish clusters from non-clusters. Methods […]

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The Reinforcing Properties of Repeated Deliberate Self-Harm

The current study tested hypotheses derived from Joiner’s (2005) interpersonal theory of suicide, which proposes that deliberate self-harm becomes increasingly more reinforcing with repetition. 106 participants with a history of deliberate self-harm completed questionnaires about their emotions & experience of physical pain during their most recent deliberate self-harm episode. Consistent with prediction, people with more […]

Variation in RGS2 is Associated With Suicidal Ideation in an Epidemiological Study of Adults Exposed to the 2004 Florida Hurricanes

This study examined whether rs4606, a single nucleotide polymorphism in the translated region at the 3′ end of RGS2, was related to suicide ideation in an epidemiologic sample of adults living in areas affected by the 2004 Florida hurricanes. A sample was generated via random digit-dial procedures. 607 participants who returned buccal DNA samples via […]

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, & […]

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, […]

Physical Disability and Suicidal Ideation: a Community-Based Study of Risk/Protective Factors for Suicidal Thoughts

The authors examine the independent & joint explanatory significance of physical disability & components of the stress process model for risk of suicide ideation. Data from an ethnically diverse & representative sample of 1,768 adults with & without disabilities reveal that physical disability is associated with a greater risk of lifetime suicide ideation. (43 refs.)

Statewide Office of Suicide Prevention Annual Report

This report reviews current suicide prevention initiatives in Florida, planned initiatives, the Florida suicide prevention strategy, the history of state suicide prevention efforts, & statistics & data.

Ethical Issues in Covering Teen Suicide Stories: Deadly Dilemmas and Fatal Flaws

This study examined news coverage of a double teen suicide in Saint Petersburg, Florida in 1993. Focusing on how the story was covered, the study explored the newspaper’s decision-making process, analyzing the process in relation to standard philosophical methods in ethics & recognized journalistic principles. As background, psychological research on suicide & the media was […]

The Relationship of Suicide Death to Baker Act Examination, Client Characteristics and Service use Patterns (Agency for Health Care Administration Series 220-116)

This study aimed to provide a better understanding of the Medicaid funded services in Florida & the extent to which they were used by those who died by suicide, as well as an examination of service patterns & how they were related to this negative outcome. Lack of service use for those who were enrolled […]

Risk for Suicide Among Medicaid Beneficiaries


Suicidal and Homicidal Risk for Respondents, Petitioners, and Family Members in an Injunction Program for Domestic Violence

From 1988 to 1991, 1,186 petitions for protection were filed in central Florida. A review of the coroner’s records yielded four documented suicides by respondents. All were males, with a mean age of 48.5 years. An average of 60.2 days passed from the the date of the last petition to date of death. During the […]

Perceived Burdensomeness as an Indicator of Suicidal Symptoms

This study evaluated the association of perceived burdensomeness & key suicide-related variables in 343 adult outpatients of the Florida State University Psychology Clinic. Perceived burdensomeness remained a significant predictor of suicidality indicators above & beyond the contribution of one of the most robust predictors of suicidality, hopelessness. Results suggest both burdensomeness & hopelessness display predictive […]

Should we Invest in Suicide Prevention Programs?

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among college aged youths in Florida. However, there is no prevention program targeting this population group. This paper examines the potential impact of making two prevention programs, general suicide education & peer support programs, available for college students. Results show that both programs increase social welfare by […]

Lifetime Suicide Attempts in Juvenile Assessment Center Youth

To describe suicide risk in youth seen at a Juvenile Assessment Center, the authors examined relationships among self-reported lifetime attempts & demographic, justice, & psychiatric data via logistic regression. Similar to other settings, youth reporting lifetime attempts were more likely to be older, female, not living with both parents, & currently arrested for a violent […]

Youth Suicide: Hidden Crisis


Student Suicide

Death due to a Pesticide


Prostate Cancer: a Significant Risk Factor for Late-life Suicide

A Statewide Case-control Study of Spousal Homicide-suicide in Older Persons


Just the Facts: Suicide

Suicide by Jumping From Bridges

Challenges to Adolescent Suicide Intervention