|dc.description.abstract||This volume contains quotations from internationally peer-reviewed suicide research published
during the semester May 2014 – October 2014; it is the twelfth of a series produced
biannually by our Institute with the aim of assisting the Commonwealth Department of
Health in being constantly updated on new evidences from the scientific community.
As usual, the initial section of the volume collects a number of publications that could
have particular relevance for the Australian people in terms of potential applicability.
These publications are accompanied by a short comment from us, and an explanation of
the motives that justify why we have considered of interest the implementation of studies’
findings in the Australian context. An introductory part provides the rationale and the
methodology followed in the identification of papers.
The central part of the volume represents a selection of research articles of particular significance;
their abstracts are reported in extenso, underlining our invitation at reading those
papers in full text: they represent a remarkable advancement of suicide research knowledge.
The last section reports all items retrievable from major electronic databases. We have
catalogued them on the basis of their prevailing reference to fatal and non-fatal suicidal
behaviours, with various sub-headings (e.g. epidemiology, risk factors, etc). The deriving
list guarantees a level of completeness superior to any individual system; it can constitute
a useful tool for all those interested in a quick update of what is most recently published on
Our intent was to make suicide research more approachable to non-specialists, and in the
meantime provide an opportunity for a vademecum of quotations credible also at the professional
level. A compilation such as the one that we provide here is not easily obtainable
from usual sources and can save a considerable amount of time to readers. We believe that
our effort in this direction may be an appropriate interpretation of one of the technical
support roles to the Government that the new status of National Centre of Excellence in
Suicide Prevention — which has deeply honoured our commitment —entails for us.
The significant growth of our centre, the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and
Prevention, and its influential function, both nationally and internationally, in the fight
against suicide, could not happen without the constant support of Queensland Health,
Queensland Mental Health Commission and Griffith University. We hope that our
passionate dedication to the cause of suicide prevention may compensate their continuing
trust in our work.||