Suicide in the Mountain West Region of the United States.

Background: The Mountain West region of the United States consistently reports the highest rates of suicide in the country. This pattern could reflect a regional culture-of-suicide script in support of suicide that implicitly influences individual’s behavior. Aims: The primary aim of this study was to investigate whether suicide rates are elevated in the Mountain West across a wide[…]

Suicidal behavior during economic hard times.

Most research on suicide is quantitative, and qualitative research is needed to reveal how individuals subjectively experience and account for suicidal behaviors. Government-subsidized funding for outpatient mental health care should be sustained or increased during economic recessions to protect the most vulnerable from suicidal behavior when it is the only viable path toward immediate psychiatric[…]

How Does Violence Potential Relate to Crisis Intervention Team Responses to Emergencies?

This study explored whether a crisis intervention team promotes public safety & diversion from jail to treatment. 655 police reports from Las Vegas, Nevada for events occurring between March 2003-May 2005 were analyzed. Some 45% of events involved suicide crises, 26% involved a threat to others, & average violence potential ratings suggested minor to moderate[…]

Hotel Room Suicide: Las Vegas and Clark County

Case files of suicide from the Clark County (Nevada) Coroner were reviewed for the years 2003-2005. The suicide rate of local residents registering in local hotels was 271 per 100,000. This was greater than the suicide rate in the general population of Clark County. Hotel guests from outside Clark County had a reduced rate of[…]

Visitor Suicides and Problem Gambling in the Las Vegas Market: a Phenomenon in Search of Evidence

The aim of this study was to find empirical evidence on whether problem gambling is, in fact, a determinant factor in visitor suicides in Las Vegas. The rate of visitor suicides was determined & then a qualitative analysis was performed to categorize the leading causes of the suicides. Emphasis was placed on the alleged relationship[…]

Preventing Suicide: one Community at a Time. Nevada Suicide Prevention Plan 2007-2012


Suicide Trends and Prevention in Nevada

Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States. In 2007, nearly 35,000 Americans took their own lives, a rate of 11.5 suicides per 100,000 (Xu et al. 2010). Among 15-24 year olds, suicide is the third leading cause of death and for those aged 25-34, it is the second leading cause (CDC[…]

Study of Suicide Prevention


Adolescent Suicide Risk and Peer-Related Violent Behaviors and Victimization

This exploratory study seeks to understand the link between peer-related violence (perpetration & victimization) & suicide risk among youth, using data from Arizona, Nevada, & Wyoming, where the highest rates of adolescent suicide in the U.S. are found. Higher levels of reported suicide risk were prominent among the multiethnic, urban, & female respondents. Male &[…]

Suicide and Gambling: an Analysis of Suicide Rates in U.S. Counties and Metropolitan Areas

See SIEC #1997-1273 for reference to the Phillips et al study.