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Section 25
Means, Intent, Lethality, Behaviors, and Psychiatric Diagnosis

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Note: See Harvard’s Means Matter website
“Most efforts to prevent suicide focus on why people take their lives. But as we understand more about who attempts suicide and when and where and why, it becomes increasingly clear that how a person attempts–the means they use–plays a key role in whether they live or die. “Means reduction” (reducing a suicidal person’s access to highly lethal means) is an important part of a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention. It is based on the following understandings (click on each to learn more):

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- Hausmann-Stabile, C., Kuhlberg, J., Zayas, L., Nolle, A., Cintron, S. Means, Intent, Lethality, Behaviors, and Psychiatric Diagnosis in Latina Adolescent Suicide Attempters. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. June 2012. 43(3). Pg. 241-248.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article References:
Badr, H. E.-S. (2017). Suicidal behaviors among adolescents—The role of school and home environment: Findings from a cross-sectional national-based survey. Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, 38(3), 168–176.

Capps, R. E., Michael, K. D., & Jameson, J. P. (2019). Lethal means and adolescent suicidal risk: An expansion of the peace protocol. Journal of Rural Mental Health, 43(1), 3–16.

Rogers, M. L., & Joiner, T. E. (2019). Interactive effects of acute suicidal affective disturbance and pain persistence on suicide attempt frequency and lethality. Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, 40(6), 413–421.

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