A Positive Psychological Approach to Suicide

Theory, Research, and Prevention

  • Jameson K. Hirsch
  • Edward C. Chang
  • Jessica Kelliher Rabon

Part of the Advances in Mental Health and Addiction book series (AMHA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Jessica Kelliher Rabon, Jameson K. Hirsch, Edward C. Chang
    Pages 1-15
  3. Olivia J. Kirtley, Ambrose J. Melson, Rory C. O’Connor
    Pages 17-36
  4. Jon R. Webb
    Pages 37-58
  5. Raffaella Calati, Emilie Olié, Déborah Ducasse, Philippe Courtet
    Pages 59-88
  6. Evan M. Kleiman, Daniel D. L. Coppersmith, Charlene A. Deming
    Pages 137-160
  7. Collin L. Davidson, Meredith L. Slish, Sarah Rhoades-Kerswill, Victoria M. O’Keefe, Raymond P. Tucker
    Pages 161-181
  8. Elizabeth Yu, Jennifer Cheavens, Jennice Vilhauer, Wessel van Beek
    Pages 183-208
  9. Marnin J. Heisel, The Meaning-Centered Men’s Group Project Team
    Pages 209-245
  10. Thao N. Le, Leysa Cerswell Kielburger, Bhante Buddharakkhita
    Pages 247-284
  11. Jameson K. Hirsch, Jessica Kelliher Rabon, Edward C. Chang
    Pages 301-319
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 321-334

About this book


This inspiring resource presents theories, findings, and interventions from Positive Suicidology, an emerging strengths-based approach to suicide prevention. Its synthesis of positive psychology and suicidology theories offers a science-based framework for promoting wellbeing to complement or, if appropriate, replace traditional deficit-driven theories and therapies used in reducing suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Coverage reviews interpersonal, intrapersonal, and societal risk factors for suicide, and identifies protective factors, such as hope and resilience, that can be enhanced in therapy. From there, chapters detail a palette of approaches and applications of Positive Suicidology, from the powerful motivating forces described in Self-Determination Theory to meaning-building physical and social activities.

Among the topics covered:

  • Future-oriented constructs and their role in suicidal ideation and enactment.
  • Gratitude as a protective factor for suicidal ideation and behavior: theory and evidence.
  • Considering race and ethnicity in the use of positive psychological approaches to suicide.
  • The Six R’s framework as mindfulness for suicide prevention.
  • Community-based participatory research and empowerment for suicide prevention.
  • Applied resiliency and suicide prevention: a strengths-based, risk-reduction framework.

Psychotherapists, counselors, social workers, psychiatrists, and health psychologists, as well as educators, clergy and healthcare professionals, will find A Positive Psychological Approach to Suicide an invaluable source of contemporary evidence-based strategies for their prevention and intervention efforts with suicidal clients.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Jameson K. Hirsch
    • 1
  • Edward C. Chang
    • 2
  • Jessica Kelliher Rabon
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyEast Tennessee State UniversityJohnson CityUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  3. 3.Greenville Hospital System Children’s HospitalGreenvilleUSA

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