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The Caring Community web site is your information resource for tips on how to achieve balance in every day life, where to find counseling and crisis support, and links to articles and news of interest to the Cornell community.  

See "Links of Interest" above for additional resources.

 

Web Links 

  • Suicide Prevention:  'Suicide Bridge' Reduces Impulse to Jump
  • Cornell University's Mental Health Framework
  • Guidance on action to be taken at suicide hotspots - (NIMHE) (PDF)
    This document from the National Institute for Mental Health in England provides guidance for identifying particular locations that are associated with suicidal acts and refers to evidence-based interventions that have proved effective at specific locations.
  • Suicide prevention on bridges: the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline position (PDF) The Lifeline Steering Committee position is that the use of bridge barriers is the most effective meansof bridge suicide prevention. Decades of research clearly demonstrate that bridge barriers effectively prevent suicides. In general, research has shown that persons thwarted in utilizing a preferred method of suicide do not typically seek other approaches to kill him/her self. 
  • Promoting Mental Health and Preventing Suicide in College and University Settings (PDF) A paper produced by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) that summarizes what is known about suicide and suicide prevention among college and university students, describes a sample of current suicide prevention efforts, and recommends ways in which colleges and universities can promote mental health and prevent suicidal behavior among their students.
  • The Urge to End It All, New York Times. "Jumping to one's death is a  method of suicide associated with a very high degree of impulsivity. Victims often display few of the classic warning signsassociated with suicidal behavior.Those who die by jumping have a lower history of prior suicide attempts, diagnosed mental illness (with the exception of schizophrenia), or drug and alcohol abuse than is found among those who die by less lethal methods (like ingesting pills or poison). Those who jump seem to be drawn by a set of environmental cues that, together, offer three crucial ingredients: ease, speed and the certainty of death.”  
  • If you build it, will they stop coming?, Psychology Today article discusses a study that looked at the effects of removing safety barriers from a bridge. The author raises questions related to the psychology of individuals who choose to jump from bridges in the context of suicide prevention.
  • Means Matter: Bridges and Suicide, Harvard School of Public Health: "Means Reduction Saves Lives": A number of studies have indicated that when lethal means are made less available or less deadly, suicide rates by that method decline, and frequently suicide rates overall decline. While some suicides are deliberative and involve careful planning, many appear to have an impulsive component and occur during a short-term crisis. At least one-third of suicide decedents under age 18 experienced a crisis within 24 hours of taking their life, according to NVISS data drawn from police and coroner/medical examiner report.

 

Video 

  • “On the Fence,” a 15 minute documentary on the discussion about means restriction and suicide prevention in the Cornell and Ithaca communities, created by Kai Keane and Jung Soo Kim (students in Cornell Film 3371, spring 2011).  Link:  http://youtu.be/XcH4KqoQfqc