Blog posts with the tag "Suicide"

Staff Perspective: Recommended Summer Reading and a Review - Heavier than Heaven: The Biography of Kurt Cobain

Heavier than Heaven: The Biography of Kurt Cobain

Several years ago I attended a workshop taught by David Rudd on managing suicidal patients in which he discussed former Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain as an example of someone who exhibited significant risk factors and warning signs for suicide.  Recently, while reviewing materials for the two-day Suicide Prevention workshop I was struck by how often Thomas Joiner also mentions Cobain to illustrate his Interpersonal Theory of Suicide.  In the references of Joiner’s book, Why People Die by Suicide (2005) he cites Charles Cross’s biography of Kurt Cobain, Heavier than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain, (2001).  I decided to gain a better understanding of how Rudd and Joiner’s theories might look in a real person I should read Heavier than Heaven.  

Staff Perspective: A Look at the 2013 Department of Defense Suicide Event Report

I vividly remember when the Department of Defense (DoD) transitioned to using the DoD Suicide Event Report (DoDSER) system.  I was a young Air Force psychologist stationed in Germany at the time and I remember thinking, “Oh no, one more new system to learn”.  However, I now know how valuable the DoDSER program is in helping standardize suicide surveillance across the Services.

Research Update: Apr. 3, 2014

The CDP's weekly research update contains the latest news, journal articles and useful links from around the web. Some of this week's topics include:

  • A comparison of risk and protective factors related to suicide ideation among residents and specialists in academic medicine. 
  • Participant experiences in peer- and clinician-facilitated mental health recovery groups for veterans.