Engaging stakeholders to develop a suicide prevention learning module for Louisiana firearm training courses

Background:Ā Firearm suicide is a significant public health problem in the United States of America among the general and veteran populations. Broad-based preventive strategies, including lethal means safety, have been emphasized as a key approach to suicide prevention. Prior research has identified ways to improve the reach and uptake of lethal means safety messages. However, few […]

Suicide in Correctional Facilities

This paper addresses suicide prevention, a problem that administrators in correctional facilities face on a daily basis. This policy paper analyzes the problem in depth by examining 2 alternative policies. The first is the Hayes et al 1995 report on the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center Suicide Prevention Plan. The second is a 1991 article by […]

Awareness Effects of a Youth Suicide Prevention Media Campaign in Louisiana

The impacts of a state-wide media campaign on call volumes to a national hotline were analyzed to determine if advertisements raised awareness of the hotline. The authors used a quasi-experimental design to compare call volumes from zip codes where & when the campaign is active with those where & when the campaign is not active. […]

Suicide and Community Traumatic Events: is There a Connection?


Suicide Survivors Seeking Mental Health Services: a Preliminary Examination of the Role of an Active Postvention Model


Homicide Followed by Suicide: an Integrated Theoretical Perspective

Homicide followed by suicide is an extremely rare event, requiring an integrated theoretical understanding that goes beyond explaining it as either homicide or suicide. Police reports, newspaper articles, and interviews with families, friends, and neighbors connected with 42 homicideā€“suicide cases that occurred in greater metropolitan New Orleans between 1989 and 2001 form the empirical base […]

The Lived Experience of Loss: a Phenomenological Study


About the LA Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force!

The Three R’s of Success for a 24-Hour Crisis Intervention Hotline

Published in “Back to the Future: Refocusing the Image of Suicide,” ed. by J L McIntosh

LOSS: a Postvention Model Follow-up Report

Published in “Back to the Future: Refocusing the Image of Suicide,” ed. by J L McIntosh

The Loss Program – An Active Postvention Model

L.O.S.S.: a Postvention Model for AAS Consideration

This document summarizes a discussion of Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors (L.O.S.S.), a postvention response program in Eastern Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

An Active Postvention Program

The Active Postvention Model (APM) described in this article demonstrates how survivors of suicide can be an installation of hope for the newly bereaved & an effective referral resource for support in the grief process. The benefit of active postvention compared to passive postvention results in a dramatic reduction in the elapsed time between death […]

Act No.729

This manuscript is an Act from the Louisiana state legislature which acknowledges youth suicide as an important social issue & presents the implementation of a statewide youth suicide prevention plan in public elementary & secondary schools. Guidelines are included stipulating how the State Board of Elementary & Secondary Education are to organize, implement & present […]

LA: Pt. Denied Treatment Commits Suicide: Nursing Assessments & EMTALA Liability

This brief article reports on the legal ruling in a Louisiana case where a woman sued a hospital after her husband completed suicide. She had twice contacted the hospital & been turned away by nursing staff. On appeal, the hospital was found liable.

Changing the Legacy of Suicide Through an Active Model of Postvention

This is the text of a keynote presentation at the annual CASP Conference, 2001.

The Impact of Gambling on Suicidal Behavior in Louisiana

A study of 64 Louisiana parishes indicated that the per capita spending on lotteries (but not on video poker) & the unemployment rate were associated with changes in the suicide rate from 1989-90 to 1994-95. Parishes with higher rates of unemployment & more per capita spending on the lottery had a greater increase in the […]

Description of the Children’s Bereavement Group for Suicide Survivors

Evaluation of the Volunteer and Information Agency’s Copeline Services of New Orleans, Louisiana

Gambling + Suicide = Crisis Centers: Are you in or out?

Pathological gamblers are a high-risk group for suicide. In this presentation, Campbell stated that it is important for cris centers in states where gambling is now prevalent, or will be in the future, to be as informed as possible about the psychological risks that accompany compulsive gambling. Opportunities where crisis centres can facilitate prevention, intervention […]

Prison Suicide: an Overview and Guide to Prevention (Part 3)

This article describes the strong commitment to suicide prevention efforts at the Elayan Hunt Correctional Center (EHCC) in Louisiana. Between 1983 & 1994, EHCC had 57,091 admissions & processed 11,034 through its Adult Reception & Diagnostic Center. During this period there was only one suicide. EHCC program components described: weekly staff training; intake screening/assessment; housing; […]

Gambling + Suicide = Crisis Centers. Are you in or out?

Pathological gamblers are a high-risk group for suicide. In this presentation, Campbell discussed how his agency, the Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center, has developed a plan to facilitate prevention, intervention & postvention services in the area of problem gambling. The numerous opportunities for crisis centres to become involved in this issue & the benefits of […]

Suicide Risk Among People Living With AIDS

Using data from Louisiana vital statistics records, the authors found an increased suicide risk for people with AIDS. Between 1987-1991, the suicide rate for people with AIDS (175 per 10,000) was 134.6 times that of the general population (1.3 per 10,000). The suicide rate of people with AIDS in the metropolitan New Orleans area (126 […]