Lived experience

Connecting for Life

Connecting for Life is founded on the suicide prevention work that has taken place in Ireland over the past ten years as part of Reach Out, the Government’s previous strategy to reduce suicide. Connecting for Life involves preventive and awareness-raising work with the population as a whole, supportive work with local communities and targeted approaches to priority groups. The strategy proposes high-quality standards of practice across service delivery areas, and an underpinning evaluation and research framework. This wide reach presents unique implementation challenges.

Overcoming the Stigma of Suicide

The stigma of suicide has a profound impact on suicide prevention. It contributes to reduced community awareness of the issues related to suicide and suicide prevention, restricts help-seeking behaviours for people who are suicidal, impacts the resourcing of appropriate services, inhibits the grieving of those bereaved by suicide, and adds to the burden of those with lived experience. Despite this, there have been no comprehensive measures taken to improve this situation nationally.

Factors Associated with Current Versus Lifetime Self-Injury Among High School and College Students

This article sought to identify factors associated with current versus lifetime nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) and factors that show consonant and distinct relationships with current NSSI for adolescents and young adults. Data came from a population-based survey of high school students (n = 9,985) and a national survey of college students (n = 7,801). Among both samples, factors associated with current NSSI included male gender, younger age, greater depressive symptoms, more hopelessness, and being the victim of a verbal or physical assault.

Differentiating Suicide Ideators from Attempters: Violence—A Research Note

Which factors distinguish suicide attempters from suicide ideators is a relatively neglected question in suicidology. Data from the 2001 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, encompassing 1,439 youth suicide ideators and 1,097 attempters, was used to explore which factors best differentiate suicide attempters from ideators, with a focus on violence involvement. Measures of violence include the contexts of fights, dating, and weapons carrying. Controls were incorporated for psychiatric disorders, risky sexual behavior, school integration, and demographics.