Throughout the world, approximately 800,000 people die by suicide every year, accounting for 1.5% of all deaths.1 Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in North America and the foremost cause of death worldwide among persons 15 to 24 years of age.

Suicidality in borderline personality disorder

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is associated with suicidal behaviors and self-harm. Up to 10% of BPD patients will die by suicide. However, no research data support the effectiveness of suicide prevention in this disorder, and hospitalization has not been shown to be useful. The most evidence-based treatment methods for BPD are specifically designed psychotherapies.

Nurse suicide: Prevention and grief management

IN THE ARTICLE “Grief management after a nurse’s death” (myamericannurse/griefmanagement-after-a-nurses-death), we provided guidelines for helping healthcare organizations support staff as they grieve a colleague’s death. However, when a nurse dies by suicide, grief can be exacerbated by guilt and anger, and a misguided attempt to protect privacy may lead an organization to avoid addressing the […]

Trends in mental health, non-suicidal self-harm and suicide attempts in 16-24-year old students and non-students in England, 2000-2014

There are concerns about high levels of mental ill-health amongst university students, but little is known about the mental health of students compared to non-students over time. Using data on young people (16–24) from three UK National Psychiatric Morbidity Surveys (2000, 2007, and 2014), we found no evidence that the overall prevalence of common mental […]

A digital companion for ecological momentary assessment and prevention of suicide: A case series on the use of the emma app

Background: Many suicide risk factors have been identified, but traditional clinical methods do not allow the accurate prediction of suicide behaviors. To face this challenge, we developed emma, an app for Ecological Momentary Assessment/Intervention (EMA/EMI) and prediction of suicide risk in high risk patients. Objective: We wanted to test the feasibility of implementing this mHealth-based […]

Gender differences in the suicide attempts of adolescents in emergency departments: Focusing on individuals with autism spectrum disorder

Background: Few studies on gender-based diagnostic characteristics of adolescent suicide attempters in emergency departments (EDs) have included individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).   Objective: This study aimed to examine the clinical features of adolescent suicide attempts in EDs, focusing on gender differences and considering individuals with ASD. Methods: Ninety-four adolescent patients, aged less than […]

Are school difficulties an early sign for mental disorder diagnosis and suicide prevention? A comparative study of individuals who died by suicide and control group

Background: Suicide is the third leading cause of death worldwide among youth aged 10- to 19, and mental disorders are often associated in the etiology of suicidal behavior. Mental disorders are often under-diagnosed and undertreated in young people, a situation likely to increase the severity of the disorder and suicide risk. Presence of school difficulties […]

Reanalysis of the Bridge et al. study of suicide following release of 13 Reasons Why

Bridge et al. recently presented a time series analysis of suicide rates in the US following the release of the 2017 Netflix series “13 Reasons Why.” Their analysis found a powerful effect of the show on boys ages 10–17 for nine months after the show was released in April 2017. I questioned this finding on […]

Collecting evidence from distributed sources to evaluate railway suicides and trespass prevention measures.

It can be difficult to select from available safety preventative measures, especially where there is limited evidence of effectiveness in different contexts. This paper describes application of a method to identify and evaluate wide-ranging preventative measures for rail suicide and trespass fatalities. Evidence from literature and industry sources was collated and reviewed in a two […]

High viewership of videos about teenage suicide on Youtube

The recent rise in suicide rate of teenagers has coincided with their increasing use of social media sites. YouTube is the social media platform most commonly used by teenagers. Recent research studies and news reports have highlighted serious concerns about the nature of information available on YouTube and its potential impact. Owing to such concerns, […]