Networking to support suicide survivors.
ABSTRACT This paper is the first report on a national program for increasing bereavement support for suicide survivors in the Flemish region in Belgium. A Working Group consisting of representatives of a wide variety of mental health institutions, social programs, and suicide survivor groups in the area determined that a program developing networks between the services seems to hold the greatest promise for both an increase in the number of services available and an improvement in the quality of services offered.
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ABSTRACT: Engagement in sports and physical activity, either actively as an athlete or in a passive way as a spectator, impacts interpersonal behavior and physical and mental health. The study reviews literature on the relationship between sports spectatorship and suicidal behavior to ascertain whether sports spectatorship has an impact on suicidal behavior, either increasing the risk or being a protective factor. The literature was searched via PubMed/MEDLINE and PsycINFO. Nine studies published between 1986 and 2006 were identified. The reviewed studies focused on the impact of sports events on the societal level, and analyzed data regarding national or local suicide rates. Their results indicate that sports events can have an impact on suicide mortality and morbidity, but this relationship seems to be mediated by age, gender, marital status, and alcohol consumption, as well as the process and outcome of the game (e.g., victory vs. defeat of the favored team). There is some evidence that sports events can reduce the rates of suicide on the societal level; however, there is a lack of studies exploring how sports spectatorship might influence levels of suicide risk in individuals and how mediating variables might operate on the individual level.Crisis The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention 01/2009; 30(3):144-52. · 1.09 Impact Factor
Article: Can postvention be prevention?[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: There has been recent interest in postvention activities which involve provision of support to family members and others affected by a suicide death. To review the current status of postvention support, including definitions used and the objectives and effectiveness of support activities for people bereaved by suicide. Selected controlled studies of support activities and programs are reviewed with narrative comment. Results. Not applicable. Effective postvention support can be viewed as contributing toward suicide prevention among those people who are bereaved by suicide. Further development of support programs is needed.Crisis The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention 02/2009; 30(1):43-7. · 1.09 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: This paper reports on a systematic literature review of bereavement and bereavement care commissioned in Scotland to assist the development of policy and practice there. The review identified and appraised papers from a range of health and social care settings in which bereavement care b a feature, such as acute, hospice- and hospital-based care including neonatal and obstetric, community and primary care, mental health and learning disability services, and care of older people, families and children. Specific types of death were also reviewed, eg traumatic and from (tiseases such as HIV/AIDS. Key messages for each setting and type were identified and overall themes were drawn out which cut across at settings and types. These, it is proposed, represent important features of bereavement and bereavement care which, if acknowledged and addressed, could enhance services.01/2006; Joanna Briggs Collaborating Centre for Evidenced Based Multi-professional Practice.