Reducing a suicidal person’s access to highly lethal means is an important part of a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention. This website from the Harvard School of Public Health describes how a person attempts suicide plays an important role in whether they live or die.
A multi-source collection of readings, tools, videos, and webinars to help you understand and implement Zero Suicide.
Boyer, C. A., McAlpine, D. D., Pottick, K. J., & Olfson, M. (2000). Identifying risk factors and key strategies in linkage to outpatient psychiatric care. American Journal of Psychiatry, 157(10), 1592-1598.
Ahmedani, B. K., & Vannoy, S. (2014). National pathways for suicide prevention and health services research. American journal of preventive medicine, 47(3), S222-S228.
Comtois, K. A., Jobes, D. A., S O'Connor, S., Atkins, D. C., Janis, K., E Chessen, C., ... & Yuodelis‐Flores, C. (2011). Collaborative assessment and management of suicidality (CAMS): feasibility trial for next‐day appointment services. Depression and Anxiety, 28(11), 963-972.
Stanley, B., Brown, G., Brent, D. A., Wells, K., Poling, K., Curry, J., ... & Hughes, J. (2009). Cognitive-behavioral therapy for suicide prevention (CBT-SP): treatment model, feasibility, and acceptability. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 48(10), 1005-1013.
Berrouiguet, S., Gravey, M., Le Galudec, M., Alavi, Z., & Walter, M. (2014). Post-acute crisis text messaging outreach for suicide prevention: A pilot study. Psychiatry research, 217(3), 154-157.
Luxton, D. D., June, J. D., & Comtois, K. A. (2013). Can postdischarge follow-up contacts prevent suicide and suicidal behavior? A review of the evidence. Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, 34(1), 32.
This comprehensive report authored by David Knesper, M.D., Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan, offers recommendations for the ongoing care of patients at risk for suicide who have been treated in emergency departments and hospitals. It includes ten principles for improved continuity of care, and provides real-world examples of seven integrated systems of care in the U.S. and Europe. Other key recommendations for practice and research address: targeting high-risk individuals; improving education and training for suicide risk assessment; responding to patients who have become disengaged from treatment; coordinating care; and improving infrastructure to provide continuity of care.
Coffey, M. J., Coffey, C. E., & Ahmedani, B. K. (2015). Suicide in a Health Maintenance Organization Population. JAMA psychiatry.
Rudd, M., Mandrusiak, M., & Joiner, T.E., Jr. (2006). The case against no-suicide contracts: The commitment to treatment statement as a practice alternative. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 62(2), 243-251.
This document provides recommendations for the assessment, treatment, and risk management of patients with suicidal behaviors. A Quick Reference Guide is also available at http://psychiatryonline.org/pb/assets/raw/sitewide/practice_guidelines/guidelines/suicide-guide.pdf/
Jobes, D. A. (2006). Managing suicidal risk: A collaborative approach. Guilford Press.
Wenzel, A., Brown, G. K., & Beck, A. T. (2009). Cognitive therapy for suicidal patients: Scientific and clinical applications. American Psychological Association.
Brown, G. K., & Jager-Hyman, S. (2014). Evidence-based psychotherapies for suicide prevention: future directions. American journal of preventive medicine, 47(3), S186-S194.
Weiss, A. P. (2009). Quality improvement in healthcare: the six Ps of root-cause analysis. Am J Psychiatry, 166(372).
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