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The Psychology of Suicide: From Research Understandings to Intervention and Treatment

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Suicide and suicidal behavior are major health problems, throughout the world. Close to one million people die by suicide annually, which make it a leading cause of death. However, it is still not well understood and the main causes of it are unclear.

Suicide is a highly complex and multifaceted ...

Suicide and suicidal behavior are major health problems, throughout the world. Close to one million people die by suicide annually, which make it a leading cause of death. However, it is still not well understood and the main causes of it are unclear.

Suicide is a highly complex and multifaceted phenomenon, with many contributing and facilitating factors and variables. However, given its being one of the most severe human behaviors, an obvious focus would be to identify the underlying psychological mechanisms and processes that may lead to suicidal ideation and behavior.

This Research Topic is dedicated to studies exploring various approaches to the psychology of suicidal behavior as well as of non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI).

The purpose of this Research Topic is to shed light on in-depth examinations of the current knowledge and empirical data regarding models, theories, and specific dimensions and variables that may help us increase the psychological understanding of suicidal phenomena. The specific goal is to identify particular psychological characteristics that may be used to develop prevention and intervention methods and programs.

Within our psychological perspective, different types of studies are welcome:
1. the examination of psychological risk and protective factors as contributors to suicidal ideation and behavior
2. psychological trajectories that may facilitate suicidal behavior over time
3. examination of psychological theories and models related to suicidal behavior
4. examination of psychological models of suicidal behavior in the cultural context or within special at-risk groups (e.g., military personal)
5. Examination of treatment and prevention programs related to suicide
6. phenomenological examinations of the psychological descriptions of suicide attempters and the psychological consequences of suicide attempts or of NSSI
7. the psychological implication of losing a loved one to suicide and the psychological factors that may help suicide-loss survivors recover and even grow

We believe that this Research Topic can contribute to the understanding of this behavior and help to develop specific tools, therapeutic guidelines, and programs that may help reduce the number of suicides occurring annually.


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