• Lifeline Online Postvention Manual

    This manual from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides recommendations that detail how to safely memorialize someone who has died by suicide in order to limit potential contagion. These guidelines can be applied to online memorials and online messages about the deceased.

  • Suicide Clusters and Contagion: Recognizing and Addressing Suicide Contagion are Essential To Successful Suicide Postvention Efforts

    This article from the National Association of School Psychologists describes the problem of contagion and the ways that administrators can act to prevent it by establishing a crisis team, recognizing and monitoring at-risk students, and mobilizing community-wide responses.

  • Suicide Contagion

    This article from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and Madolyn Gould, Ph.D. from Columbia University answers frequently asked questions about suicide clusters.

    • Suicide & the Internet

      This article, provided by the BMJ, explores recent reports that highlight the possible influences the Internet has on suicides by young people.

    • Alcohol and Suicide Among Racial/Ethnic Populations - 17 States, 2005-2006

      This report analyzes data from the National Violent Death Reporting System in 2005-2006. The overall prevalence of alcohol intoxication was nearly 24% among suicide decedents tested for alcohol, with the highest percentage among American Indian/Alaska Natives (37%), followed by Hispanics (29%) and persons aged 20-49 years (28%). The authors conclude that many populations can benefit from culturally appropriate suicide-prevention strategies that include efforts to reduce alcohol consumption.

    • Comorbidity: Addiction and other Mental Illnesses

      This report from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) gives an overview of the current research regarding comorbidity of drug use disorders and other mental illnesses. This research report series is part of NIDA's efforts to better understand how this type of comorbidity works, based on the limited research available on the subject.