A brief analysis of suicide methods and trends in Virginia from 2003 to 2012

The objective is to analyze and compare Virginia suicide data from 2003 to 2012 to US suicide data. Methods. Suicide trends by method, age, gender, and race were obtained from Virginia’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner’s annual reports. Results. Similar to US suicide rates, suicide rates in Virginia increased between 2003 and 2012 from 10.9/100,000 people to 12.9/100,000 […]

Sleepless in Fairfax: The difference one more hour of sleep can make for teen hopelessness, suicidal ideation, and substance use.


The Problem-Solving Diathesis in Depression, Hopelessness, and Suicide Ideation: a Longitudinal Analysis

The problem-solving deficit diathesis-stress model of suicide behavior proposed by Clum & colleagues (1979) & expanded by Schotte & Clum (1982, 1987) was examined in a short-term longitudinal test. The relationship between problem-solving deficits at Time 1 – prior to the stressor (a D or F on a midterm examination) – & adjustment at Time […]

Attributional Style as a Diathesis in Predicting Depression, Hopelessness, and Suicide Ideation in College Students

Attributional style was examined as a diathesis for depression, hopelessness, & suicide ideation. A naturalistic stressor – obtaining a D or F on an Introductory Psychology exam – was used in a longitudinal design to test for the effects of stress in predicting these criteria. Controlling for preexam levels, prestress attributional style was consistently related […]

Evaluation of Student Suicide Prevention Training in Virginia

This evaluation was conducted through 1,021 surveys of school staff who participated in youth suicide prevention training in Virginia as well as a control group who did not participate in the training. Participants in both ASIST & QPR training reported the training was beneficial. ASIST participants received more training than QPR participants & as such […]

Toxicology Findings in Child and Adolescent Suicides in Virginia: 1987-2003


An Examination and Replication of the Psychometric Properties of the Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument-Second Edition (MAYSI-2) Among Adolescents in Detention Settings


A Study of Suicide in the Commonwealth: Report of the Virginia Department of Health to the Governor and the General Assembly of Virginia. Senate Document No.16

Senate Joint Resolution 382 required the Virginia Department of Health to study the issue of suicide in the Commonwealth & prepare a report with recommendations for the Governor & the General Assembly. A core-working group was developed to conduct this study. Their findings are presented in the present document, along with 12 recommendations developed by […]

Suicide Prevention Across the Life Span Plan for the Commonwwealth of Virginia: Report of the Secretary of Health and Human Resources. Senate Document No.17


Crisis Hotlines and Crisis Negotiators: Creating Coalitions

Psychiatric Symptoms and Their Relationship to Suicidal Ideation in a High-Risk Adolescent Community Sample

This study investigated the importance of diagnostic factors in the prediction of suicidal ideation in a high-risk sample of 73 high school students. Suicidal ideation was assessed with the Modified Scale for Suicidal Ideation. 74% of subjects met criteria for a psychiatric disorder & continuous measures of psychiatric symptoms provided stronger prediction of suicidal ideation […]

United States. Report of the Virginia Commission on Youth’s Youth Suicide Prevention Plan

This report was prepared in response to a request by the 2000 General Assembly of the Virginia Senate that the Virginia Commission on Youth develop a comprehensive youth suicide prevention plan. Based on the findings of the Commission, 14 major recommendations for the development, implementation, & monitoring of a coordinated suicide prevention strategy are presented. […]

Suicidal Ideation Among Psychiatric Patients with HIV: Psychiatric Morbidity and Quality of Life


Skills for Call Management Success

The authors summarize the experience of the Northern Virginia Hotline which, in order to improve volunteer satisfaction & make the phone service more easily accessible to the general population, implemented a new policy aimed specifically at remedying problems posed by repeat callers.

The Relative Contribution of Diagnostic and Psychosocial Factors in the Prediction of Adolescent Suicidal Ideation


Attitudes of Elderly Subjects Toward “Truth Telling” for the Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease

This study expands on previous research regarding attitudes of older adults toward disclosures of the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). 200 patients 65 years or older completed a questionnaire assessing opinions about being told the diagnosis of AD versus cancer. Those with personal experience with AD were significantly less likely to want to know themselves […]

Suicide Prevention Guidelines: ¤22.1 – 272.1 Code of Virginia

These guidelines, which were mandated by the 1999 Virginia General Assembly, identify those actions that should be taken by school personnel when they suspect a student is at risk for suicide. A major component of the identified measures focuses on procedures to follow for contacting parents, or if conditions warrant, the local or state service […]

Client Suicide: its Frequency and Impact on Counselors

This study reports the results of a national survey of 1000 randomly selected professional counsellors regarding the frequency & impact of client suicide. Respondents who had & who had not encountered client suicide were consistently divided among a variety of specialities & settings. 24% of those who had experienced the suicide of a client who […]

Managing the Manipulative Suicidal Inmate in the new Generation Jail: a Management Team Approach

Adding manipulative behaviour to an inmate’s suicidal profile complicates staff supervision, especially when threats are used as a means of controlling staff response. A comprehensive team approach is critical in managing the manipulative/suicidal inmate. While this inmate thrives on creating misinformation & targeting staff to be used to his/her advantage, the team approach dramatically reduces […]

A Lesson in Prevention

This article describes development of the Adolescent Suicide Prevention Program started in 1982 in Virginia & includes an initial evaluation. After the first year, suicides were less than half the number occurring the year before the program began. The article discusses program organization, training for school administrators & teachers, parental involvement & student involvement (peer […]

F.A.N. (Friends are Needed) Club: Adolescent Prevention Programming

FAN Club was devised in the Greater Prince William area of Northern Virginia, where 40% of population are adolescents, to give teenagers alternatives to suicide & to strengthen the support system for troubled teens. It is not a counselling group. FAN Club is a group of students from different high schools, working together on suicide […]

F.A.N. (Friends are Needed) Club

This article provides statistics & trends in suicidal behavior in Virginia, U.S.A. The authors also descirbe F.A.N., or the Friends Are Needed Club, which was created to strengthen the support system for troubled teenagers. It is a self conerned teen group with 2 adult sponsors. It’s goals include promoting self esteem & the message that […]

Alcohol, Brain Injury, Manslaughter, and Suicide

This article provides a number of case examples from newspapers & hospital reports. All of the case histories, except one, are about drunk driving accidents, with resulting deaths & brain injuries. The remaining case describes a man who received brain injuries after running into a wall while drunk. The authors assert that comprehensive treatment programs […]