The US Suicide Prevention Action Network (SPAN) concluded that, “The single greatest obstacle to the effective prevention of suicide is the lack of evaluation research.” This substantive and authoritative volume shows for the first time how to use evidence-based approaches in suicide prevention-as well as where evidence is lacking and how we might obtain it. Leading researchers and practitioners describe what really works, the evidence for and against particular approaches, both in general terms (such as by means of hotlines, restriction of means, psychopharmocology) and for specific disorders (such as schizophrenia, personality disorder), and make recommendations about where we go from here.
“This is the book we have all been waiting for. It provides answers to the key questions in suicidology: What is our evidence-base? And how can we translate research finding into effective suicide prevention interventions and practices? The expert contributors bring clarity into the field, describing the current research evidence as well as showing us how to interpret it and apply it in clinical and prevention settings. This book brings suicidology into the 21st century and also sets an agenda for its future directions. It is a must-read for everyone concerned with helping individuals at risk of suicidal behaviors.” Morton M. Silverman, MD, Senior Advisor, Suicide Prevention Resource Center, Newton, MA, Former Editor-in-Chief, Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of Colorado at Denver, CO
“Evidence-based methods have, over recent decades, enabled us to prune the vineyard of suicidology. Read this book to see how the field looks today, trimmed back and flourishing as never before. It will show you much of what we know (and what we don’t know) about suicide, and take you to the cutting edge.” John T. Maltsberger, MD, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA