Year: 2019 Source: Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention. (2019). 40(3): 151-156. SIEC No: 20190487

Suicide prevention researchers who work with individuals at high risk of suicide or are exposed to details of suicide attempts and deaths may experience negative impacts on their own well-being. This is not unlike the experiences of mental health providers, where repeated exposure to clients’ difficult experiences has long been identified as an occupational risk (Molnar et al., 2017). However, there have been few studies evaluating how exposure to details of suicide-related behavior impacts researcher well-being. This gap in the literature is worrisome, as researchers’ mental health and well-being might be negatively impacted by repeated exposure to graphic details of suicide, discussing the often-painful experiences that lead to suicide attempts, and managing potential crises that arise during research activities. Left unaddressed, this repeated exposure may lead to negative outcomes for those working in the suicide prevention field and potentially the success of the field as a whole.