Status of Suicide in Tennessee 2010

This report summarizes the multifaceted & multimedia efforts of the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network to educate the general public & to save lives. Special mention is made of the statewide Suicide Prevention & Awareness Event project launched in 2009. JA Contact us for a copy of this article, or view online at

“Chronic Case – Ultimate Suicide” A Psychological Autopsy

The presenter discussed a case in which a chronic caller to the Memphis Suicide and Crisis Intervention Service murdered his wife & then killed himself. A psychological autopsy was being performed as it was felt the consequences of this incident extended beyond this Centre & the person who committed the murder & then died by […]

A Survey Examining the Attitudes in a College Population Toward Suicide Attempters

This study examined the attitudes of college students towards people who had attempted suicide. 360 undergraduates were administered a survey to assess demographics, suicide ideation levels, & perceptions formed after reading a short suicide attempt report. Results indicated ideation levels had the most impact on perceptions, with ideators being significantly more likely than non-ideators to […]

Social Problem-solving Deficits and Hopelessness, Depression, and Suicidal Risk in College Students and Psychiatric Inpatients

Gender Differences in Coping With Chronic Illness

This thesis investigates the difference in reasons for living between men & women with & without chronic illness. The suicide ideation was determined by rating on a 48 item Reasons for Living questionnaire. Degree of chronic illness & illness related issues were determined by a demographic questionnaire. Results showed that men died by suicide at […]

The Validity of the Shortform Assessment for Children (SAC)

In order to test the validity of the Shortform Assessment for Children (SAC), a 48-item measure of a child’s overall mental health, the convergent, divergent, & criterion validity of the SAC was assessed with data gathered on 188 children in 2 urban child welfare & juvenile justice systems. Data regarding suicide ideation & attempts among […]

Attitudes of Tennessee Physicians Toward Euthanasia and Assisted Death


Preventing Suicide in Tennessee

Health Factors in Police Job Stress (IN: Job Stress and the Police Officer: Identifying Stress Reduction Techniques, ed. by W Kroes and J Hurrell)

This study examined the question: is police work really more psychologically stressful than other occupations? Health data (death certificates, mental health centers & general hospitals) by occupation was reviewed. Preliminary results indicated specific areas of health problems for police. The suicide rate for police was found to be third highest among the different occupations. The […]

Treatment Needs of Women Arrested for Domestic Violence: a Comparison With Male Offenders

In this study, data were obtained regarding demographic characteristics, mental health functioning, & childhood familial dysfunction for a large sample of male & female domestic violence offenders. Women were demographically similar to men, & few differences were noted in their childhood experiences. However, women were more likely than men to have previously attempted suicide, whereas […]

The Tragic Death of Meriwether Lewis

This article examines the circumstances of Meriwether Lewis’ death by suicide in 1809. Although some have claimed that he actually died by homicide, the author argues that this account only became popular in the folklore surrounding Lewis 80 years after his death, & determines that there is no substantial evidence to support the claim. Lewis’ […]

Tennessee Suicide Prevention Strategies

See SIEC #1999-0854 for a citation for the US Surgeon General’s report.

Comfort and Empathy of Experienced Counselors in Client Situations Involving Death and Loss

In the study reported in this article, 71 experienced death counselors were asked to rate their degree of comfort with a variety of client scenarios (death & non-death but serious related). Results indicate their comfort & level of empathy was positively correlated with years of training & years of experience. Findings also suggest that counselors […]

Family Systems Perspective of Adolescents’ Suicidal Ideation

This presentation reports on a study that examines a dependent variable (suicidal ideation), controls for the effects of parent-adolescent & general family conflict, & examines the mediational effect of both parenting variables & self-derogation. Subjects: 473 students, grades 5 to 10, Knox County, Tennessee. Results revealed self-derogation to be the strongest predictor of adolescent suicidal […]

Insights Provided by Survivors of Elderly Suicides

Surviving a Malpractice Lawsuit. One Nurse’s Story

The author was Director of Nursing at an addiction treatment center when a patient committed suicide. This article recounts the nightmare of a malpractice lawsuit. It took more than 2 years to go to trial. Individuals named as defendants were exonerated. Lessons learned: accurate, complete & timely charting is crucial: a multidiscplinary approach is important; […]

Preventing Suicides Through Prompt Intervention

This article discusses suicide intervention in prisons. It looks at several individual case histories, policies and procedures and a court case on a completed suicide which occurred in a prison.

Suicide in the Home in Relation to gun Ownership

To test the strength of the association between the availability of firearms & suicide, all suicides that took place in the victims’ homes in Shelby County, Tennessee & King County, Washington were studied. Of 803 suicides, 565 took place in the home – 326 of these were committed with a firearm. After controlling for other […]

Long-Term Follow-Up of Unsuccessful Violent Suicide Attempts: Risk Factors for Subsequent Attempts

156 suicide attempts were identified in 9,046 consecutive trauma admissions. 38 patients died; 118 were discharged & received long-term follow-up. 7 patients made repeat suicide attempts. Risk factors associated with repeat attempts were younger age, prior attempts, family history of suicide, schizophrenia & not living at home. Identifying patients with these risk factors & providing […]

A Legal Structure for the Living Will (IN: Suicide and Euthanasia, ed. by S E Wallace and A Eser)

This chapter examines the complexities & mandatory procedures surrounding the operation of a living will & presents a protective procedure for implementation. Discussion applicability is restricted to extreme cases with a need & desire for escape from medically imposed prolongation of biological life. The conditions necessary for validation of a living will are discussed under […]

Suicide and Publicity. Help for Journalists Who Report Suicidal Death

This pamphlet provides guidelines for journalists reporting a suicide. There is often an increase in suicides after a suicide is reported in the media. This pamphlet details ways to minimize this effect. Suggestions include not reporting specific details of the method, & presenting options to suicide such as calling prevention centre. Also discusses the warning […]

The Analysis of a Crisis Call Center: An Examination of Both Its Function and Meaning, Within the Mental Health Community (Micro HV 6548 U52 N36 1972)

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the work of a crisis centre’s telephone service. The Nashville Crisis Call Center is staffed by 65 volunteers and 10 “back-up” professionals. Data was collected from an analysis of the referral network for a one month period; the agency’s image in the community was also investigated. Scales […]

Group Therapy for Survivors of Suicide

This article describes a support group for loved ones of those who completed suicide, called Survivors of Suicide, formed by the Memphis Crisis Intervention Service in response to requests for help. Included in this article is a sample of the pre & post questionnaire administered to survivors. Responses were compared with those of non-attenders & […]