Information for Health Care Providers




  • Evaluation and Treatment of Patients with Suicidal Ideation (from American Family Physician): “Suicidal ideation is more common than completed suicide. Most persons who commit suicide have a psychiatric disorder at the time of death. Because many patients with psychiatric disorders are seen by family physicians and other primary care practitioners rather than by psychiatrists, it is important that these practitioners recognize the signs and symptoms of the psychiatric disorders (particularly alcohol abuse and major depression) that are associated with suicide. Although most patients with suicidal ideation do not ultimately commit suicide, the extent of suicidal ideation must be determined, including the presence of a suicide plan and the patient’s means to commit suicide.”


  • Healthy Minds Network: This network serves as a resource for secondary and higher education administrators, researchers, clinicians, policymakers, and the public. Based at the University of Michigan, HMN is led by a multi-disciplinary team of scholars from public health, education, medicine, psychology, and information sciences, many of whom are affiliated with the University’s Comprehensive Depression Center.


  • Means Matter: Resources from the Harvard School of Public Health on lethal means.


  • “Preventing Teen Suicide,” by Megan Foreman and Martha Saenz, in Legisbrief from the National Conference of State Legislatures, April-May 2010.





  • Suicidal Thoughts and Behavior with Antidepressant Treatment: Reanalysis of the Randomized Pacebo-Controlled Studies of Fluoxetine and Venlafaxine, Archives of General Psychiatry, February 2012. Several years ago, the US Food and Drug Administration issued a black box warning for antidepressants and suicidal thoughts and behavior in children and young adults. This article reports on a study to determine the short-term safety of antidepressants by standard assessments of suicidal thoughts and behavior in youth, adult, and geriatric populations and the mediating effect of changes in depressive symptoms.