Suicide research has been hampered by difficulties in assessing factors which contribute to completed suicides. One valuable, yet underutilized method to overcome this problem is through the textual analysis of suicide notes. Suicide notes allow insight into the key motivations of a suicidal individual in the moments before they attempt or complete suicide. In a review of scientific literature surround suicide notes, we found an extensive focus of research on risk factors for completing suicide, particularly risk factors that are interpersonal in nature. Yet, with a high proportion of suicide notes containing positive themes, such as love and hope, valuable insights into the suicidal mind may be overlooked. Future research should further look to explore the balance between risk and protective factors in the lives of suicide completers and attempters to develop a comprehensive picture of motivations for suicide.
|Title of host publication||Alternatives to Suicide|
|Subtitle of host publication||Beyond Risk and Toward a Life Worth Living|
|Editors||Andrew C. Page, Werner G. K. Stritzke|
|Number of pages||14|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|