Quick Thoughts

Beware of the pinkwashing of suicide prevention

Cause marketing of cosmetics to prevent suicide could mark the return of exploitation of a good cause for profit. Just as with we learned with Breast Cancer Pink Ribbon campaigns, we need to ask questions about where the profits are going and whether we should object.

Anti-stigma campaigns as a solution to the crisis of mental health care

UK Prime Minister advocates anti-stigma campaign, not more funds to solve crisis of mental health care.

Use of scales to assess risk for a suicide attempt wastes valuable clinical resources

Standardized tools for assessing risk of suicide did not perform very well in a new study.

Airplane pilot mental health and suicidal thoughts: Original article generated bad media coverage

Investigating exaggerated claims in the media about an article on mental health and suicidal thoughts and airline pilots I discovered the source of the distortions were the original article.

Interventions to reduce stress in university students: Anatomy of a bad meta-analysis

A meta-analysis of interventions for stress reduction among university students provides an opportunity to study anatomy of a meta-analysis.

Storing the mentally ill and suicidal persons in the new asylums

Without adequate inpatient beds or intensive supportive mental health services in the community, increasingly jails and prisons have become the new asylum .

Means restriction to prevent suicide in the LA County Jail: the safety smock

The anti-suicide smock is the new straitjacket to prevent suicide in jails

Too much ado about church attendance and suicide rates among women

Widely publicized study of church attendance and suicide is less impressive than it first looks.

When the US government cracked down on drug companies promoting antidepressants for children and teens

One in a series of three blog posts about Pharma’s promotion of medication for treatment of depression in young children and teens. This post concerns legal action by the US federal government in which two pharmaceutical companies pleaded guilty and had to pay large sums of money because of their promotion of misleading claims about about […]

Innocent and cynical emotional appeals for suicide prevention programs

The inevitable wastefulness of suicide prevention programs – The innocent and the cynical make emotional appeals for suicide prevention programs. Open-minded citizen-scientists ask for simple numbers to do some calculations. Obtaining these numbers, they come to inevitable conclusions. This blog post shows you how to analyze emotional appeals for suicide prevention programs, whether they are […]

Preventing suicide in all the wrong ways

My introduction to a guest post by D.J. Jaffe DJ Jaffe is Executive Director, Mental Illness Policy Organization and his op-eds appear in the New York Times, Washington Post, Sacramento Bee, New York Daily News, New York Post, San Diego Union Tribune, Albany Times Union and numerous other publications. Read more about him here. You […]