A spate of suicides involving a just-purchased firearm led a statewide coalition of firearm dealers, firearm rights advocates, and suicide prevention professionals to discuss the role of gun shops in preventing suicide. The group developed and mailed materials for (1) firearm retailers on avoiding sales to suicidal customers and (2) their customers on suicide and […]
Training mental healthcare providers to reduce at-risk patients’ access to lethal means of suicide: Evaluation of the CALM project.
The objective of this study was to evaluate the ÒCALMÓ (Counseling on Access to Lethal Means) training, in which community-based mental health care providers were trained to work with at-risk clients and their families to assess and reduce access to lethal means of suicide, including firearms. In 2006, CALM trainers conducted workshops in 7 community-based […]
This report is an overview of an evaluation of the Frameworks Project designed to raise awareness of youth suicide prevention & provide gatekeeper training in New Hampshire. Results indicated gatekeepers’ knowledge about youth suicide & how to recognize youth at risk was improved. Individual confidence & comfort in connecting with youth in need of assistance […]
This program review presents the activities of the Youth Suicide Prevention Assembly in New Hampshire, including: the state suicide prevention plan, goals related to the Garrett Lee Smith Act, the Frameworks Youth Suicide Prevention Project, the survivors committee, the community healing fund, media relations, & training & education. The latter part of the report provides […]
The authors discuss one mental health center’s successful efforts to target suicidal adolescents with a model of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, which has resulted in a decrease of suicidal behaviors & a decrease in utilization of high cost intensive interventions.
This article relates the life story of Sarah Devens, a college athlete who competed in 3 sports. Although very successful, Devens did not seem to enjoy this success. She wanted to quit one of the sports but believed that she could not as it would let other people down if she did. Devens completed suicide […]
This article describes the case of a suicide in a middle school in New Hampshire. The authors admit they were not prepared for this tragedy, & outline postvention actions to help others in preparation. Some of their ideas include forming a crisis team, & creating inservice training programs for staff. They also include 10 steps […]
Discusses the suicide pact of a Vietnam veteran & his live-in girlfried who collaborated to kill her 3 children before taking their own lives. The article suggests that this veteran suffered from posttraumatic-stress disorder & that he was extremely bitter about the government’s lack of attention to the ongoing problems of Vietnam vets. (LH)
This paper addresses the Alcohol Peer Counselor Training Program at Dartmouth College implemented in response to alcohol-related risk-taking behavior. The program, which is oriented toward reality therapy, is offered either 3 hours/week for 5 weeks or during a 24-hour off-campus weekend retreat. Program content is described briefly, as is the Education Outreach Program. Providing information […]
Data collected for the period 1969-1983 are discussed in an attempt to assess younger age suicides. Trends that relate to age, marital status, sex & family are presented. The author states that the development of self-esteem & communications skills in young people would enable them to cope more easily with life crisis. (note: this article […]
The number of suicides occurring in New Hampshire by month from 1965-75 were obtained from N.H. Dept. of Vital Stats. 1002 suicides were examined by ANOVA by sex & month. The findings indicate that more males than females commit suicide, more suicides occur in the spring & fall relative to the summer & winter. Recommendations […]
This paper looks at the possible relationship between monthly patterns of mental illness & suicide. Over a 12 year period, it was found that for almost every increase or decrease in admissions to a psychiatric hospital, a corresponding increase or decrease in suicide was recorded. The one exception to these patterns is December. In this […]
266 community residents, helpers, & outpatient clients were surveyed using the Hope Scale, Life Satisfaction Questionnaire, Levenson’s Internal-External Locus of Control Scale, & the Quality of Life Index. Community residents were more hopeful than helpers or clients. Hopefulness was correlated positively with internal locus of control, life satisfaction, & quality of life, & negatively with […]
Study investigating Palmer’s theory of reciprocity and unreciprocity in role relationships as applied to homicide and suicide. Four independent variables are employed: reciprocity in role relationships; unreciprocity in role relationships; interference in the playing of appropiate roles; and loss, either complete or partial of major roles. (KB)
Studies the relationship of occupational factors to suicide in 15 male & 7 female victims residing last in New Hampshire. Psychological autopsies were derived from interviews with the victim’s relatives, friends, etc. Results indicate that from an occupational viewpoint the person who is suicidal is either not currently working or is working & is frustrated, […]