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The Importance Of Distress Tolerance In Suicide Prevention

Everyone manages perceived or actual emotional stress differently and our ability to navigate our way through certain incidents without feeling overwhelmed is what is known as distress tolerance. We are able to return to a more balanced state in the face of new stressors if we can cope with difficult emotions and feelings, but it […]

Suicide Prevention Tool Launched To Support Australian Farmers

A new grassroots wellbeing and suicide prevention tool has been launched by the University of South Australia to help provide support for farmers around the country, helping them to tackle the struggles associated with living on the land. The Taking Stock online multimedia site is free to use and has been designed specifically with farmers […]

Oral Vitamin D Associated With Suicide/Self-Harm Risk Reduction

A new US-based study has found a link between oral vitamin D supplements and a reduced risk of suicide attempt and intentional self-harm of around 45-48 per cent among veterans in the Department of Veterans Affairs, with supplementation of higher daily dosages associated with even further reductions than lower dose supplementation. Published in the PLOS […]

Suicide Bereavement UK Training Protocols Featured On WiseGP

Here at Suicide Bereavement UK, we offer a Postvention Assisting Those Bereaved By Suicide one-day training course for all professionals keen to increase their knowledge, skills and confidence for working with those affected by suicide. The course itself is now CPD-accredited, ensuring that health and care professionals are able to respond to and care for […]

The Primary Drivers Behind Suicide In The Americas

The importance of taking gender-specific social determinants of suicide in the Americas into account when developing risk reduction interventions and prevention strategies has been highlighted in a new study, carried out by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). It was found that, while homicide and alcohol/substance use was linked to an increase in suicide mortality […]

Suicidal Thoughts Among US Teens ‘On The Rise’

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the US has revealed that young people across the nation are now struggling more than ever, with teenage girls and LGBQ+ youths in particular experiencing increasingly urgent mental health challenges. It was found that 57 per cent of teenage girls reported feeling […]

Link Established Between Suicide & Domestic Abuse

A link has been established between domestic abuse and suicide, with new research revealing that women who experience abuse from a partner are three times more likely to have attempted suicide in the last 12 months than those who haven’t experienced abuse. Carried out by Agenda Alliance, the study also revealed that women in poverty […]

Racism & Discrimination ‘Main Cause’ Of Traveller Suicide

Daily experiences of discrimination and racism among those in the Traveller community are having big impacts on mental health, according to a new review commissioned by the Ballyfermot Traveller Action Project, Clondalkin Travellers Development Group and the Tallaght Travellers Community Development Project. It was found that 68 per cent of Travellers have lost a family […]

Suicide Prevention Specialist Barbara Stanley Dies

Psychologist and researcher Barbara Stanley, psychology professor at Columbia University and the director of suicide prevention training at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, has died at the age of 73 from ovarian cancer. Dr Stanley was responsible for developing a simple and effective suicide prevention tool – the Stanley-Brown Safety Planning Intervention strategy, where […]

Veteran Suicide Suicide Risk ‘Similar Overall’ To General Population

New research from the University of Manchester has revealed that the suicide risk among military veterans is no higher than that of the general population, although some people may require additional support. Funded by the Ministry of Defence and NHS England, the study also found that veterans over 35 years of age were at a […]

New Armed Forces Suicide Bereavement Pack In Development

A new study is being carried out by Suicide Bereavement UK, in collaboration with the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association, The Armed Forces Charity, to develop an evidence-based suicide bereavement resource for those bereaved by Armed Forces suicide. The hope is to increase understanding of the needs of Armed Forces relatives, friends and colleagues […]

Operation Deep Dive Study To Address Veteran Suicide

A new research study is underway at the Duke University School of Medicine, investigating how to reduce suicide rates among the US military veteran community, driven by statistics showing that the suicide incidence is 52.3 per cent higher than among those who have never served in the military. The Operation Deep Dive study aims to […]

UK Construction Sector Suicide Rate Up In 2021

New Office for National Statistics data has revealed a rise in the UK construction sector suicide rate for 2021, with the total number for the year climbing to 507 (the majority of which were male), an increase of 24 on the year before. Work is now being done by the industry to recognise and address […]

3 Key Factors Identified To Help Prevent Youth Suicide

Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death for people aged between 15 and 19 years old, with evidence now suggesting that the pandemic saw a rise in suicidal thoughts and self-harm, both of which are significant risk factors for suicide. Preventing youth suicide can be difficult, because people often don’t access mental health services […]

Mental Health & Haircuts Combine For Suicide Prevention

As part of the Shining a Light on Suicide campaign, run by Greater Manchester’s health and social care leaders, a pop-up barbershop has been running in the city centre with the aim of improving people’s mental health. The shop itself was opened at Piccadilly train station by an international group of barbers, The Lions Barber […]

US Military Suicide Rate In Decline

A new Pentagon report revealing preliminary data for 2022 has found that suicides across active duty US military personnel has fallen in the last 18 months, a reversal of the relatively steady increase that has been seen in recent years. Sharp drops were seen in the Marine Corp and the Air Force in 2021, with […]

Suicide Prevention Guide For Universities Now Published

A new series of recommendations have been published aimed at universities around the UK to help them be more proactive in preventing student suicides. Brought out by Universities UK, in collaboration with PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide, the new guide details how and when these establishments should involve family members, trusted others and carers when […]

Teen Suicide Rates ‘On The Rise’

New analysis of Office for National Statistics data has found that suicide rates among 15 to 19-year-olds is climbing, with youth mental health charity YoungMinds now calling for urgent government support to address this growing crisis. It was found that suicide rates among this demographic rose by 35 per cent between 2020 and 2021. Last […]

What Is The Papageno Effect?

In The Magic Flute, one of Mozart’s most well-known operas from the 18th century, main protagonist Papageno finds himself considering suicide as a way out of the pain he’s feeling following the loss of his one true love. However, before he can act on his impulse, three other characters come to him to show him […]

How Handwritten Letters Could Impact Suicide Rates

It can be difficult to address the challenges presented by suicide prevention as suicide itself is such a massively complex issue and one that is unique to the individual. Although help can be delivered when people are at particular points of crisis, it can be harder to ensure their protection in the days and weeks […]