Research by Prof John Read of Auckland University published in 2007. Dr Read expresses concern that social and psychological factors are being ignored in the assessment and treatment of those at risk of suicide in favour of biological factors.
Many of those working in the suicide prevention field claim their policies and practices are evidence based. Examination of the research they use, however, shows the studies on which they rely are up to 30 years old. Many have serious methodological issues. Many have been superceded by more recent studies.
This page provides links to current, relevant research. CASPER gives most weight to independent research which is not funded by pharmaceutical companies. If you have research you think we should include on this page, please contact us.
Links between child sexual abuse and suicide
The influence of drug company funding on depression websites
This is research published in 2009 by Prof John Read of the University of Auckland. If you look at the New Zealand Government website depression.org.nz you will see that the self test for depression questionnaire is copyrighted to drug company Pfizer. When I questioned the Ministry of Health about the ethics of using a drug company developed screening tool on a government website I was told it was used because it was donated free of charge by Pfizer. You will see from Prof Read's research that this influences the way in which depression is characterised and the treatment recommended on the website.
Submission on Suicide Reporting
This is the submission we gave the Chief Coroner. We tried to keep it as short as possible so have not described each study we cite. We are happy to provide full references to anyone interested though.
This publication from the Mental Health Advocacy Coalition has a strong focus on a social approach to mental wellbeing and on valuing the experiences of people experiencing mental distress.
Teen & Pre-teen Alcohol Use and Suicide
This is a 2005 study on youth risk behaviour which concludes that "Alcohol use among adolescents, particularly preteen alcohol use initiation, is an important risk factor for both suicide ideation and suicide attempts among boys and girls. Increased efforts to delay and reduce early alcohol use are needed, and may reduce suicide attempts."