Suicide postvention: Needs and considerations from Maine school staff and administrators.

In an effort to better understand the postvention needs of public schools, a series of focus groups were conducted throughout Maine that included twenty school personnel. Recommendations regarding postvention education, planning, communication and use of school and community human resources are offered in relation to the themes explored. Contact us for a copy of this […]

Maine Youth Suicide Prevention Program Plan

This document is the Maine state strategy for youth suicide prevention. The long-term goal is to reduce the incidence of fatal & non-fatal suicidal behaviour among Maine youth, age 10-24. The strategy has 10 goals that are aligned with those of the American national suicide prevention strategy & include: increasing public/private partnerships; increasing public awareness; […]

Summary. An Evaluation of Maine’s Comprehensive School-Based Youth Suicide Prevention Program

This report provides an overview of the results of a multi-method evaluation of the comprehensive school-based youth suicide prevention & intervention program in Maine. Data were collected through interviews with key school personnel, a survey of all staff, a document analysis of written protocols, pre- & post-follow up of gatekeeper training participants, observation of classroom […]

Disconnected Youth: a Needs Assessment August 2007


Preventing Suicide by Jumping: the Effect of a Bridge Safety Fence

This study evaluated the effect of a bridge safety fence in preventing suicide. Suicides from jumping off the Memorial Bridge in Augusta, Maine from April 1960-July 2005 were examined. The safety fence was installed during 1983, the mid-point of the study period. 14 suicides were identified; all occurred before installation of the safety fence. The […]

Winthrop Community Study: a Summary of Findings

This report summarizes the findings of an epidemiological study that included focus groups in an attempt to help determine & better understand the risk factors that may have been associated with the prevalence of suicidal behaviour in Winthrop, Maine. The community experienced the suicide deaths of 5 young men from 2003-2005. Using these findings, the […]

Report to Govenor John E. Baldacci in Response to Executive Order 33 FY405 to Strengthen the Maine Youth Suicide Prevention Program


Youth Suicide Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention Guidelines: a Resource for School Personnel


Emergency Medical System Responses to Suicide-Related Calls in Maine

The theme of this Conference was “Injuries, Suicide & Violence: Building Knowledge, Policies & Practices to Promote a Safer World”

Planning and Evaluating a State Youth Suicide Prevention Program

Emergency Medical System Responses to Suicide-Related Calls – Maine, November 1999-October 2000

An editorial comment is included in the file copy of this document.

Maine Youth Suicide Prevention: Executive Plan

This document was created in order to deliver a practical, state level, implementation plan to the Governor & Children’s Cabinet of Maine with regards to youth suicide prevention. It presents the major goals of Maine’s Youth Suicide Prevention Plan & proposes a series of universal, selective, indicated, & evaluation & surveillance strategies to meet these […]

Preventing Youth Suicide Through Gatekeeper Training: a Resource Book for Gatekeepers


A Public Health Response to a Cluster of Suicidal Behaviors: Clinical Psychiatry, Prevention, and Community Health


Effectiveness of Mental Health Specialty Hotlines

Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention From a Rural Perspective (IN: Rural Health Nursing, edited by P Winstead-Fry, J Churchill Tiffany & R V Shippee-Rice)

The idea of a lower suicide rate in rural areas is a myth. This chapter traces the development & introduction of a mobile crisis unit in Maine in 1981. Understanding & respect for rural culture is needed when planning & implementing suicide prevention programs. Staff realized many concepts were based on studies with urban populations […]

Rural Youth: Prevention of Self-Destructive Behaviors

The authors describe a 3-year research project, the purpose of which is to gather more data on at-risk behaviours in rural youth & to assist professionals with training & supportive materials to prevent these behaviours. Preliminary findings show that rural youth are more likely to use marijuana & alcohol than are urban youth in runaway […]

USM Study Finds Link Between Runaways and Suicidal Potential

This brief article reports on a Maine, U.S.A. study which found that 1 in 5 teens at runaway shelters reported attempting suicide at some point. More than a quarter of the attempts had been made in the month preceding intake. (VM)

Generic Prevention for Self-Destructive Behavior

Developing Resources in a Rural Area

The Maine Task Force on self-destructive behaviors in teens revealed that teenage suicide was the second leading cause of death, 12% are chemically dependent & over half of all fatal accidents involving teenage drivers also involve alcohol or drugs. This summary is a general discussion on the reasons for such behaviors: low self-esteem, poor problem […]

Suicide Prevention From a Rural Perspective

The author proposes that the idea of a lower suicide rate in rural areas is another myth of suicide information that warrants further investigation. Rates and methods of suicide in Maine are discussed briefly and questions are raised regarding risk factors specific to rural culture. There is a need for program design and implementation tailored […]

The Runaway Suicide Prevention Project: Project Overview

This brief report describes a research & demonstration project on the use of suicide prevention techniques in runaway shelters. The project, instituted by the Human Services Development Institute of the University of Southern Maine, is outlined & project activities in the first year are summarized. (LH)

Childhood Death & Poverty: A Study of All Childhood Deaths in Maine, 1976 to 1980

All childhood deaths occurring from 1976-80 in Maine were investigated from medical examiners’ records (N=1737). Children participating in social welfare programs were categorized as the “low income” group & compared to children not participating in such programs. Children from low income families had an overall death rate of 3.1 times greater than the comparison group […]