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Mental health
Consider opportunities to build resilience with individuals who experience suicidal ideas and behaviours following stressful life events
  1. Kirsty E Fishburn,
  2. Lolita Alfred
  1. Department of Psychological Health Wellbeing and Social Work, University of Hull, Hull, Kingston upon Hull, UK
  1. Correspondence to Kirsty E Fishburn, Psychological Health Wellbeing and Social Work, University of Hull, Hull HU6 7RX, UK; k.fishburn{at}

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Commentary on: Howarth EJ, O’Connor DB, Panagioti M, et al. Are stressful life events prospectively associated with increased suicidal ideation and behaviour? A systematic review and meta-analysis. J Affect Disord. 2020;266:731–42. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2020.01.171.

Implications for practice and research

  • Practitioners need to explore non-traumatic stressful life events in order to identify ways to enhance individual resilience and coping strategies.

  • Future narrative research is required to explore the different types of stressful life events and how these impact on individuals and wider society.


Suicide is a leading cause of death worldwide, and it has devastating effects on families, friends and the professionals who work with suicide victims.1 As such, it is a highly researched area. The review highlights that for every suicide, there are many more who attempt or think about suicide.2 Therefore, it is important to understand the risk factors and …

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