||The English used in this article or section may not be easy for everybody to understand. (February 2016)|
|Classification and external resources|
The Suicide by Édouard Manet 1877–1881
Suicide is when a person chooses to kill himself or herself. When someone kills himself, people say that he has "committed suicide" or "completed suicide." When a person thinks about killing themselves, the person is described as suicidal.
There are many reasons why a person might think about committing suicide. Most people who are suicidal have some type of mental condition or illness. They may have a chronic condition, which means it has been going on for a long time. But it may be an acute condition – which means the first symptoms of mental illness happened rather quickly.
Depression, which can lead to suicidal thoughts, has many possible causes. For example, it may also be caused by stress, and difficult events in a person's life, like losing a job or getting sick.
Suicide is one of the top three causes of death for young people aged 15–35 years-old. It is the second most common and the second leading cause of death for college students. Every 3 seconds, a person somewhere in the world tries to kill themselves. Every 40 seconds, some commits suicide. For every suicide, at least six other people are seriously affected.(WHO 2000)
Although depression is the main factor in suicide, it is also treatable and suicide is often preventable.
- 1 Risk factors
- 2 Protective factors
- 3 Prevention
- 4 Epidemiology
- 5 Methods
- 6 Views of suicide
- 7 Suicide as a weapon
- 8 Related pages
- 9 Other websites
- 10 References
Risk factors[change | change source]
There are many risk factors for suicide. However, it is important to remember that risk factors are not the same as causes. Risk factors do not cause suicide or suicidal thoughts. They only make it more likely that some people with those risk factors may become suicidal. If a person has a risk factor, that does not mean they are going to become suicidal.
Mental disorders[change | change source]
Most people who commit suicide have a mental disorder. Different studies found different rates, between 85%-95%.[source?] Depressive disorders account for about 80 percent of these numbers; schizophrenia, ten percent; and dementia and delirium about five percent.[source?]
- Hopelessness: Feeling like there is no chance that things will get better. Hopelessness is very common in people who commit suicide.
- Perceived burdensomeness: When a person feels like they are a burden to others (like they just cause problems for other people). Suicidal people often feel hopeless at the same time.
- Loneliness: Feeling alone. Sometimes people actually are alone; sometimes they just feel lonely. People are more likely to feel suicidal if:
- They do not have people to support them, such as family and friends
- They feel like they do not belong or fit in with other people
- They live alone
Substance abuse[change | change source]
Substance abuse is the second most common reason for suicide and feeling suicidal. Only two serious mental illnesses - depression and bipolar disorder - cause more harm. A person is at greater risk for suicide whether they have been using drugs for a long time or just a short time. When a drug abuser is also sufffering from great sadness or grief, suicide is even more common.
More than half of suicides are at least partly due to alcohol or drug use.[source?] About one-fourth of suicides are committed by those sick with drug addiction or alcoholism.[source?] In teenagers and youth, the percent is even higher.
Problem gambling[change | change source]
Problem gamblers have more suicidal ideation and make more suicide attempts compared to the general population. (Problem gambling is gambling that causes major problems in a person's life.)
If a person becomes a problem gambler earlier in life, they have a higher risk of suicide for the rest of their life. Gambling-related suicide attempts are usually made by older people with gambling problems. Substance use and mental disorders[source?] increase the risk of suicide even more in people with problem gambling.
Medical conditions[change | change source]
There is a link between suicidality and medical conditions, including chronic pain, mild brain injury, (MBI) or traumatic brain injury (TBI). People with these conditions had a higher rate of suicide that was not caused by depression or alcohol abuse. People with more than one medical condition had an even higher risk of suicide.
Problems with sleeping, such as insomnia and sleep apnea, may be risk factors for depression and suicide. In some people, the sleep problem itself, not depression, may be what increases their risk for depression.
People being treated for mood disorders should be checked by a doctor. This should include a physical examination and blood tests. This can make sure the person's mood disorder is not caused by a medical problem. Many medical conditions can cause problems with mood and thinking. Seeing a doctor will also help make sure that it is safe to prescribe medications for the person's mood disorder.
Biology[change | change source]
- Serotonin is an important brain neurotransmitter (a chemical messenger). Some studies have found that people who tried to kill themselves had low levels of serotonin in their brains. People who completed suicide had the lowest levels. Low serotonin levels are a risk factor for suicide, even if a person has never had depression.
- Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF): This is a protein that helps nerves grow. Problems with how BDNF works may help cause several mood disorders linked with suicidal behavior, including major depressive disorder. Studies of suicide victims have shown very low levels of BDNF in the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex, even in people who had no mental illness.
Even if they have the same risk factors, some people are at a higher risk for suicide than others. This is partly because of genetic inheritance. Genetics causes about 30–50% of the difference in suicide risk among different people. For example, a person whose parent committed suicide is much more likely to try to kill themselves. Epigenetics may also affect suicide risk.
Media coverage[change | change source]
How the media shows news stories of suicide may have a negative effect and trigger the possibility of copycat suicides (this is called the Werther effect). This risk is greater in teenagers and young adults.
Others[change | change source]
A person is also more likely to complete suicide if:
- They have an item they can use to kill themselves
- Someone in their family has committed suicide
- They have had a head injury
- They do not have a job
- They are poor or homeless
- They have to deal with discrimination
- They were physically or sexually abused as a child
- They spent time in foster care
Protective factors[change | change source]
Protective factors make it less likely that a person will commit suicide. They help protect a person from the risk of suicide. They can also help protect a suicidal person from the effects of suicidal thinking.
Protective factors can be internal, such as a person's personal strengths and beliefs. For example:
- Having skills like good ways of dealing with stress and solving problems
- Having religious or cultural beliefs that say life is important
- Having reasons for living
- Having strong connections with family and friends, who are supportive
- Not being able to get items which are very deadly if used for a suicide attempt (like a gun)
- Having someone who helps the person get the treatment and help they need
- Being able to easily get good care and treatment for mental, physical, and substance abuse disorders
Protective factors are as important to identify as risk factors. Just as risk factors can be reduced, protective factors can be increased.
Prevention[change | change source]
Suicide prevention tries to decrease the number of suicides by using protective measures. Some prevention strategies make it harder for people to get the most common things used to commit suicide. This includes taking away guns, poisons, and drugs.
Studies have shown that good treatment of depression, alcohol abuse, and drug abuse can decrease the number of suicides. So does follow-up contact with those who have made a suicide attempt.
In many countries, people who are at high risk of hurting themselves can check themselves into a hospital emergency department. In some countries or states, a doctor, judge, or police officer can force a person to go to the hospital if they seem suicidal, even if the person does not want to go.[source?] The person will be watched closely at the hospital to make sure they do not hurt themselves. A doctor or mental health professional will decide whether the person needs to go to a psychiatric hospital.
"SOS Signs of Suicide" is a suicide prevention program used in secondary schools for students between 13 to 17 years old. The program educations students about suicide, and tests them for suicide risk. Students who have done this program make less suicide attempts than students who have not done the program.
A suicide risk assessment looks at how likely a person is to attempt suicide. A good assessment can help prevent a suicide. It is also the first step in coming up with a treatment plan. Even though suicide risk assessments are very important, they are usually not done. Many mental health care workers have little or no training in how to do a suicide risk assessment.
- Suicide was the tenth leading cause of death in the world
- About a million people died of suicide every year (this means that 16 out of every 100,000 people in the world died from suicide every year)
- A person completed suicide every 40 seconds
According to 2007 information, suicides happen twice as often as homicides in the United States. Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the country, ahead of liver disease and Parkinson's disease.
Suicide rates vary a great deal across the world. Lithuania has the highest suicide rate.
30% of deaths by suicide are by people who are intoxicated.(Source:SAMSHA)
Methods[change | change source]
A 2008 report compared 56 countries, using information from the World Health Organization. It found that:
- Hanging was the most common method in most of the countries. 53% of men who committed suicide, and 39% of women, used hanging.
- Worldwide, 30% of people who commit suicide use pesticides. This method was most common in the Pacific area, where over half of people who committed suicide used pesticides. It was least common in Europe, where only 4% used this method.
- In the United States 52% of suicides involve the use of firearms.
- In the United States, asphyxiation and poisoning are also common. About 40% of suicides in the United States were committed using one of these methods.
Other people in the world commit suicide by:
- Blunt force trauma (for example, from jumping off a building)
- Cutting themselves and bleeding to death
- Drowning themselves
- Setting themselves on fire
- Electrocuting themselves
- Starving themselves
Sometimes, suicidal people do something that will make another person kill them. For example, a suicidal person might point a gun at a police officer, so the police officer will shoot the person in self-defense. This is commonly called "suicide by cop."
Views of suicide[change | change source]
The Abrahamic religions (like Christianity, Judaism, and Islam) think that life is sacred. They believe that when a person kills themselves, they are murdering what God has made.[source?] For this reason, many followers of Abrahamic religions thinks that when a person commits suicide, they will go to Hell.
The Dharmic and Taoist religions (like Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Shinto) believe that someone who commits suicide will be reincarnated in the next life with a less enlightened soul. However, many people of these religions are more likely to commit suicide because they believe that there will be a next life.[source?] They think that by committing suicide, they may have a better chance in the next life.[source?]
Suicide as a weapon[change | change source]
There are several famous examples of suicide attacks in history. The Kamikazes were one example. They were Japanese fighter pilots during World War II, who would try to kill American soldiers by crashing their planes into American ships. By crashing their planes, they would kill themselves as well.
Related pages[change | change source]
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Suicide|
Other websites[change | change source]
- Live Through This (stories from people who survived being suicidal)
- Landmark Study Finds Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale Predicts Suicide Attempt
- Rating Scale Successfully Predicts Suicide Attempts
Help for suicidal people[change | change source]
Learn more about suicide and how to get help for yourself or others
- Learn from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- Learn from the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention
- Help for military veterans
- United States:
- Other countries:
- Crisis Text Line: Text 741741
References[change | change source]
- The word suicide comes from the Latin words sui caedere, which means "to kill oneself".
- Benjamin James Sadock, M.D., Virginia Alcott Sadock: Kapalan and Sadock's Concise Textbook of Clinical Psychiatry. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; Third edition (2008) ISBN 0781787467
- Whitlock J, Knox KL (July 2007). "The relationship between self-injurious behavior and suicide in a young adult population". Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 161 (7): 634–40. doi:10.1001/archpedi.161.7.634. PMID 17606825.
- American Psychiatric Association: American Psychiatric Association Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders: Compendium 2006. American Psychiatric Publishing; 1 edition (2006) pp.1410-1411 ISBN 0890423857
- Jahn DR, Cukrowicz KC, Linton K, Prabhu F (March 2011). "The mediating effect of perceived burdensomeness on the relation between depressive symptoms and suicide ideation in a community sample of older adults". Aging Ment Health 15 (2): 214–20. doi:10.1080/13607863.2010.501064. PMID 20967639.
- You, S.; Van Orden, K. A.; Conner, K. R. (2010). "Social connections and suicidal thoughts and behavior". Psychology of Addictive Behaviors 25 (1): 180–184. doi:10.1037/a0020936. PMC 3066301. PMID 21142333. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3066301.
- Stravynski A, Boyer R (2001). "Loneliness in relation to suicide ideation and parasuicide: a population-wide study". Suicide Life Threat Behav 31 (1): 32–40. PMID 11326767.
- Vanderhorst RK, McLaren S (November 2005). "Social relationships as predictors of depression and suicidal ideation in older adults". Aging Ment Health 9 (6): 517–25. doi:10.1080/13607860500193062. PMID 16214699.
- D., PhD Frank, Jerome; Levin, Jerome D; S., PhD Piccirilli, Richard; Perrotto, Richard S; Culkin, Joseph (28 Sep 2001). Introduction to chemical dependency counseling. Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson. pp. 150–152. ISBN 978-0-7657-0289-0. http://books.google.com/?id=felzn3Ntd-cC&pg=RA1-PA151.
- Giner L, Carballo JJ, Guija JA, et al. (2007). "Psychological autopsy studies: the role of alcohol use in adolescent and young adult suicides". Int J Adolesc Med Health 19 (1): 99–113. PMID 17458329.
- Fadem, Barbara (1 Dec 2003). Behavioral science in medicine. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams Wilkins. p. 217. ISBN 978-0-7817-3669-5. http://books.google.com/?id=KB-g-oBfApsC.
- Moreyra, P., Ibanez A., Saiz-Ruiz J., Nissenson K., Blanco C. (2000). "Review of the phenomenology, etiology and treatment of pathological gambling". German Journal of Psychiatry 3: 37–52.
- Pallanti, Stefano; Rossi, Nicolò Baldini; Hollander, Eric (2006). "11. Pathological Gambling". In Hollander, Eric; Stein, Dan J.. Clinical manual of impulse-control disorders. American Psychiatric Pub. pp. 251–289. ISBN 978-1-58562-136-1. http://books.google.com/books?id=u2wVP8KJJtcC&pg=PA251.
- Volberg, R.A. (2002). "The epidemiology of pathological gambling". Psychiatric Annals 32: 171–8.
- Kaminer Y, Burleson JA, Jadamec A (September 2002). "Gambling behavior in adolescent substance abuse". Subst Abus 23 (3): 191–8. doi:10.1080/08897070209511489. PMID 12444352. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/08897070209511489?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori:rid:crossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub%3dpubmed.
- Kausch O (2003). "Suicide attempts among veterans seeking treatment for pathological gambling". Journal of Clinical Psychiatry 64 (9): 1031–8. doi:10.4088/JCP.v64n0908. PMID 14628978.
- Kausch O (2003). "Patterns of substance abuse among treatment-seeking pathological gamblers". Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 25 (4): 263–70. doi:10.1016/S0740-5472(03)00117-X. PMID 14693255.
- Ladd, G. T., Petry N. M. (2003) A comparison of pathological gamblers with and without substance abuse treatment histories. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 11, 202-9.
- Ilgen MA, Zivin K, McCammon RJ, Valenstein M (2008). "Pain and suicidal thoughts, plans and attempts in the United States". Gen Hosp Psychiatry 30 (6): 521–7. doi:10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2008.09.003. PMC 2601576. PMID 19061678. http://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0163-8343(08)00164-3.
- Simpson GK, Tate RL (August 2007). "Preventing suicide after traumatic brain injury: implications for general practice". Med. J. Aust. 187 (4): 229–32. PMID 17708726. http://www.mja.com.au/public/issues/187_04_200807/sim11240_fm.html.
- Teasdale TW, Engberg AW (October 2001). "Suicide after traumatic brain injury: a population study". J. Neurol. Neurosurg. Psychiatr. 71 (4): 436–40. doi:10.1136/jnnp.71.4.436. PMC 1763534. PMID 11561024. http://jnnp.bmj.com/cgi/pmidlookup?view=long&pmid=11561024.
- Druss B, Pincus H (May 2000). "Suicidal ideation and suicide attempts in general medical illnesses". Arch. Intern. Med. 160 (10): 1522–6. doi:10.1001/archinte.160.10.1522. PMID 10826468. http://archinte.ama-assn.org/cgi/pmidlookup?view=long&pmid=10826468.
- Braden JB, Sullivan MD (December 2008). "Suicidal thoughts and behavior among adults with self-reported pain conditions in the national comorbidity survey replication". J Pain 9 (12): 1106–15. doi:10.1016/j.jpain.2008.06.004. PMC 2614911. PMID 19038772. http://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1526-5900(08)00624-X.
- Ribeiro JD, Pease JL, Gutierrez PM, et al. (October 2011). "Sleep problems outperform depression and hopelessness as cross-sectional and longitudinal predictors of suicidal ideation and behavior in young adults in the military". J Affect Disord 136 (3): 743–50. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2011.09.049. PMID 22032872.
- Bernert RA, Joiner TE, Cukrowicz KC, Schmidt NB, Krakow B (September 2005). "Suicidality and sleep disturbances". Sleep 28 (9): 1135–41. PMID 16268383.
- Janis Cutler, Eric Marcus. Psychiatry Oxford University Press, USA; 2 edition (2010) p.82 ISBN 0195372743
- B.J. Casey, Rebecca M. Jones,a and Todd A. Hareb. The Adolescent Brain. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2008 March; 1124: 111–126. doi: 10.1196/annals.1440.010 PMCID: PMC2475802 NIHMSID: NIHMS56148 
- Krishnan, V.; Nestler, E. (2008). "The molecular neurobiology of depression". Nature 455 (7215): 894–902. doi:10.1038/nature07455. PMC 2721780. PMID 18923511.
- Phillips J, Murray P, Kirk P., The biology of disease; pp.5-9 ISBN 978-0-632-05404-6
- David M. Stoff, Elizabeth J. Susman: Developmental psychobiology of aggression; Cambridge University Press (2005) ISBN 0-521-82601-2
- S. Hossein Fatemi, Paula J. Clayton:The medical basis of psychiatry. p.562 Springer(1994);, ISBN 978-1-58829-917-8
- J. John Mann, M.D., Neurobiological Aspects of Suicide
- Roberto Tatarelli, Maurizio Pompili, Paolo Girardi: Suicide in psychiatric disorders. p.266; Nova Science Pub Inc;(2007) ISBN 1-60021-738-9
- Alan F. Schatzberg: The American Psychiatric Publishing textbook of mood disorders. p.489; American Psychiatric Publishing; (2005) ISBN 1-58562-151-X
- BDNF brain-derived neurotrophic factor [ Homo sapiens ]Gene ID: 627, updated on 9-Sep-2012:
- Castrén E, Rantamäki T. Dev The role of BDNF and its receptors in depression and antidepressant drug action: Reactivation of developmental plasticity. Neurobiol. 2010 Apr;70(5):289-97. PMID 20186711
- Molendijk ML, Bus BA, Spinhoven P, et al. Serum levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor in major depressive disorder: state-trait issues, clinical features and pharmacological treatment. Mol Psychiatry. 2011 Nov;16(11):1088-95. doi: 10.1038/mp.2010.98. Epub 2010 Sep 21. PMID 20856249
- Sher L. Brain-derived neurotrophic factor and suicidal behavior. QJM. 2011 May;104(5):455-8. PMID 21051476
- Alan F. Schatzberg, Charles B: The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Psychopharmacology. pp-918-919. American Psychiatric Publishers Inc; 4 edition (2009) ISBN 1585623091
- Brezo J, Klempan T, Turecki G (June 2008). "The genetics of suicide: a critical review of molecular studies". Psychiatr. Clin. North Am. 31 (2): 179–203. doi:10.1016/j.psc.2008.01.008. PMID 18439443.
- Goldsmith, Sara K. (2002). Reducing suicide: a national imperative. Washington, D.C: National Academies Press. p. 141. ISBN 0-309-08321-4.
- Agerbo E, Nordentoft M, Mortensen PB (July 2002). "Familial, psychiatric, and socioeconomic risk factors for suicide in young people: nested case-control study". BMJ 325 (7355): 74. PMC 117126. PMID 12114236.
- Qin P, Agerbo E, Mortensen PB (October 2002). "Suicide risk in relation to family history of completed suicide and psychiatric disorders: a nested case-control study based on longitudinal registers". Lancet 360 (9340): 1126–30. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(02)11197-4. PMID 12387960.
- Krishnan, V.; Nestler, E. (2009). "Epigenetics in Suicide and Depression". Biological Psychiatry 66 (9): 812–813. doi:10.1016/j.biopsych.2009.08.033. PMC 2770810. PMID 19833253.
- Trygve Tollefsbol: Handbook of Epigenetics: The New Molecular and Medical Genetics. p.562: Elsevier Science;(2010);ISBN 0-12-375709-6
- Arturas Petronis: Brain, Behavior and Epigenetics, p.61 Springer (2011);ISBN 3-642-17425-6
- Niederkrotenthaler T, Herberth A, Sonneck G (2007). "[The "Werther-effect": legend or reality?]" (in German). Neuropsychiatr 21 (4): 284–90. PMID 18082110.
- Stack S (April 2003). "Media coverage as a risk factor in suicide". J Epidemiol Community Health 57 (4): 238–40. doi:10.1136/jech.57.4.238. PMC 1732435. PMID 12646535. http://jech.bmj.com/cgi/pmidlookup?view=long&pmid=12646535.
- O'Carroll PW, Potter LB (April 1994). "Suicide contagion and the reporting of suicide: recommendations from a national workshop. United States Department of Health and Human Services". MMWR Recomm Rep 43 (RR–6): 9–17. PMID 8015544. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00031539.htm.
- Thomas H. Ollendick, Carolyn S. Schroeder: Encyclopedia of clinical child and pediatric psychology, p.61; Springer;(2003) ISBN 0-306-47490-5
- Marion Crook: Out of the darkness: teens and suicide p.56 Arsenal Pulp Press (2004) ISBN 1-55152-141-5
- Stack S (April 2005). "Suicide in the media: a quantitative review of studies based on non-fictional stories". Suicide Life Threat Behav 35 (2): 121–33. doi:10.1521/suli.188.8.131.52877. PMID 15843330.
- Niederkrotenthaler T, Voracek M, Herberth A et al. (September 2010). "Role of media reports in completed and prevented suicide: Werther v. Papageno effects". Br J Psychiatry 197 (3): 234–43. doi:10.1192/bjp.bp.109.074633. PMID 20807970. http://bjp.rcpsych.org/cgi/pmidlookup?view=long&pmid=20807970.
- Teasdale TW, Engberg AW (October 2001). "Suicide after traumatic brain injury: a population study". J. Neurol. Neurosurg. Psychiatr. 71 (4): 436–40. doi:10.1136/jnnp.71.4.436. PMC 1763534. PMID 11561024.
- Simpson G, Tate R (December 2007). "Suicidality in people surviving a traumatic brain injury: prevalence, risk factors and implications for clinical management". Brain Inj 21 (13-14): 1335–51. doi:10.1080/02699050701785542. PMID 18066936.
- Qin P, Agerbo E, Mortensen PB (April 2003). "Suicide risk in relation to socioeconomic, demographic, psychiatric, and familial factors: a national register-based study of all suicides in Denmark, 1981–1997". Am J Psychiatry 160 (4): 765–72. doi:10.1176/appi.ajp.160.4.765. PMID 12668367.
- Dube SR, Anda RF, Felitti VJ, Chapman DP, Williamson DF, Giles WH (December 2001). "Childhood abuse, household dysfunction, and the risk of attempted suicide throughout the life span: findings from the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study". JAMA 286 (24): 3089–96. PMID 11754674.
- "Child Protection and Child Outcomes: Measuring the Effects of Foster Care" (PDF). http://www.mit.edu/~jjdoyle/doyle_fosterlt_march07_aer.pdf. Retrieved 2011-11-01.
- Koch, Wendy (2007-07-03). "Study: Troubled homes better than foster care". Usatoday.Com. http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-07-02-foster-study_N.htm. Retrieved 2011-11-01.
- Lawrence, CR; Carlson, EA; Egeland, B (2006). "The impact of foster care on development". Development and Psychopathology 18 (1): 57–76. doi:10.1017/S0954579406060044. PMID 16478552.
- Robert I. Simon: Preventing Patient Suicide: Clinical Assessment and Management American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.; 1 edition (2010) pp.51-57 ISBN 1585629340
- Malone KM1, Oquendo MA, Haas GL, Ellis SP, et al. Protective factors against suicidal acts in major depression: reasons for living. Am J Psychiatry. 2000 Jul;157(7):1084-8. PMID 10873915
- World Health Organization: Suicide prevention (SUPRE)
- SAMSHA"S National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices. SOS Signs of Suicide 
- Nolen-Hoeksema, Susan.Abnormal Psychology, 6e. McGraw-Hill, 2014. pg. 210. ISBN 1308211503
- Schmitz WM Jr1, Allen MH, Feldman BN, Gutin NJ, et al. Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2012 Jun;42(3):292-304. doi: 10.1111/j.1943-278X.2012.00090.x. Epub 2012 Apr 11.Preventing suicide through improved training in suicide risk assessment and care: an American Association of Suicidology Task Force report addressing serious gaps in U.S. mental health training. PMID 22494118
- Roberts A R., Monferrari I, Yeager, KR, Avoiding Malpractice Lawsuits by Following Risk Assessment and Suicide Prevention Guidelines 
- "Suicide prevention". WHO Sites: Mental Health. World Health Organization. February 16, 2006. http://www.who.int/mental_health/prevention/suicide/suicideprevent/en/. Retrieved 2008-09-16.
- "2007 Data" (PDF). Suicide Prevention. Suicidology.org. 2007. http://www.suicidology.org/c/document_library/get_file?folderId=232&name=DLFE-232.pdf. Retrieved 2011-01-13.
- Ajdacic-Gross V, Weiss MG, Ring M et al. (September 2008). "Methods of suicide: international suicide patterns derived from the WHO mortality database". Bull. World Health Organ. 86 (9): 726–32. doi:10.2471/BLT.07.043489. PMC 2649482. PMID 18797649.
- Ajdacic-Gross, Vladeta, et al. PDF (267 KB). Bulletin of the World Health Organization 86 (9): 726–732. September 2008. Accessed 2 August 2011. Archived 2 August 2011. See html version.
- The data can be seen here.
- O'Connor, Rory C.; Platt, Stephen; Gordon, Jacki, eds. (1 June 2011). International Handbook of Suicide Prevention: Research, Policy and Practice. John Wiley and Sons. pp. 34. ISBN 978-1-119-99856-3. http://books.google.com/books?id=3fDGLWQtwFkC&pg=PA34.
- Gunnell D, Eddleston M, Phillips MR, Konradsen F (2007). "The global distribution of fatal pesticide self-poisoning: systematic review". BMC Public Health 7: 357. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-7-357. PMC 2262093. PMID 18154668.
- "U.S. Suicide Statistics (2005)". http://www.suicide.org/suicide-statistics.html. Retrieved 2008-03-24.