Are volunteering and caregiving associated with suicide risk? A census-based longitudinal study

Background Opposing risks have been identified between different prosocial activities, with volunteering having been linked to better mental health while caregiving has been associated with higher prevalence and incidence of depression. This study explored suicide risk of people engaged in prosocial activities of caregiving and/or volunteering. Methods A Census-based record linkage study of 1,018,000 people […]

Predictors of burnout and health status in Samaritans’ listening volunteers.

Samaritan listening volunteers provide emotional support to people in distress or suicidal. Samaritans’ has high volunteer turnover, which may be due to burnout. This study evaluated the role of demographic and psychosocial factors in predicting Samaritans listening volunteers’ burnout and health status. Samaritans’ listening volunteers (n = 216) from seven branches across UK completed an online survey […]

A pilot study on the efficacy of volunteer mentorship for young adults with self-harm behaviors using a quasi-experimental design.

Background: Studies have shown that postdischarge care for self-harm patients is effective in reducing repeated suicidal behaviors. Little is known about whether volunteer support can help reduce self-harm repetition and improve psychosocial well-being. Aim: This study investigated the efficacy of volunteer support in preventing repetition of self-harm. Method: This study used a quasi-experimental design by […]

Bristol Suicide Prevention Strategy 2007 – 2010

This document presents the 3-year plan for suicide prevention in Bristol. The plan includes 9 action points: publishing an annual audit report; monitoring local media coverage & taking action to improve reporting; monitoring local hotspots, railways, & prescriptions for toxic medicines; reviewing & developing a complementary mental health promotion strategy; developing strategies for high-risk groups; […]

Social Class Bias of Suicide Prevention Volunteers


No Association of Neighbourhood Volunteerism With Mortality in New Zealand: a National Multilevel Cohort Study

This study tests the association of neighbourhood-level volunteerism with mortality. A cohort study of 1996 New Zealand census respondents aged 25-74 years was conducted using multilevel Poisson regression analyses. Neighbourhood measures included indices of social capital & deprivation. Adjusting for just age & marital status, the mortality rate ratios for people living in the quintile […]

A Model for an In-House Program to Assist Despairing and Suicidal Detainees/Institutional Residents

This presentation focussed on the experience of starting & continuing the Lifeline Suicide Intervention Program at the Suffolk County Jail in Boston. One of the aims of the presentation was to demonstrate a peer-level program can be supportive of, & cooperative with, professional staff & consultants at the institution. A profile of the 60+ detainne […]

Development of a Suicide Prevention Centre From a State Hospital Base

This presentation explained the development of a suicide prevention centre in a state hospital in 1973. The selection process & training provided for staff & volunteers before they started to provide telephone services were described. The organizational & clinical problems that confronted the program were discussed. Other issues that were examined included the strengths & […]

The use of Volunteers in Crisis Intervention: Should we let Them Handle it – can we Take the Risk?

In this workshop, a critical consideration of the role of the volunteer & the risks associated with using volunteers in crisis situations was undertaken. Questions were posed about the use of volunteers & their relationship with professionals.

Trained Volunteer-Delivered Mental Health Support to Those Bereaved by Asian Tsunami-an Evaluation

Authority/Autonomy: Achieving a Balance

This manuscript provides the text of a presentation given at the 1993 meeting of the International Association of Suicide Prevention. The presenter discussed the crucial task, for all voluntary organisations, of establishing the balance between authority & autonomy. The Samaritans were used as a case example.

Understanding Attitudes


Knowledge of Suicide Intervention Skills: do Crisis Line Volunteers and Clergy Differ?

From Grief Grows Passion: a Suicide Survivor Begins to Heal Through Helping Others

This article discusses the volunteer work done by a man whose brother died by suicide. He describes the benefits that have resulted from doing work in suicide intervention & postvention.

Book Review-Comprehending Suicide: Landmarks in 20th Century Suicidology, by E S Shneidman


The Three R’s of Success for a 24-Hour Crisis Intervention Hotline

Published in “Back to the Future: Refocusing the Image of Suicide,” ed. by J L McIntosh

Use of Volunteers as Crisis Line Supervisors: Suicide Prevention Center

Published in “Back to the Future: Refocusing the Image of Suicide,” ed. by J L McIntosh

LOSS: a Postvention Model Follow-up Report

Published in “Back to the Future: Refocusing the Image of Suicide,” ed. by J L McIntosh

Preventing Suicide – the Volunteer way

Published in “The Suicidal Process: Challenges for Treatment and Prevention”

Book Review-Caring for the Suicidal, by J Eldrid


Life After Suicide


L.O.S.S.: a Postvention Model for AAS Consideration

This document summarizes a discussion of Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors (L.O.S.S.), a postvention response program in Eastern Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Chronic Callers: Appropriate Hotline Service?

This document summarizes a discussion of chronic caller policies at San Francisco Suicide Prevention (SFSP) & 4 Bay Area hotlines, the rationale for SFSP’s harm reduction approach, & training & burnout implications.