Suicide and self-harm: Pathways for minimizing suicide & premature deaths and maximizing hope & wellbeing
The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry invites manuscripts for a special issue on “Suicide and self-harm: Pathways for minimizing suicide & premature deaths and maximizing hope & wellbeing,” to be edited by Professor Joan R. Asarnow, University of California, Los Angeles, and Dr. Dennis Ougrin, King’s College London, due for publication in October 2019.
Suicide ranks among the second to third leading cause of death in adolescents in most nations and prior self-harm is a reliable predictor of death by suicide and future self-harm. This special issue aims to showcase advances in science and policy that can help the field achieve the goals of reducing suicide deaths and supporting youths in building lives they want to live. We encourage submissions from different nations and regions, those that report results of rigorous research and evaluations, report on innovative approaches to evaluation and/or intervention, and those that contribute new knowledge. Topics may include but are not limited to the following areas:
1. The epidemiology of suicide and self-harm in children, adolescents, and young adults, particularly submissions that address developmental patterns and/or consider suicide and self-harm from an international perspective in different nations or regions.
2. Policy and intervention initiatives, such as national suicide prevention initiatives and policies to limit access to potentially lethal means of self-harm.
3. Research on innovative service system approaches and/or important settings for suicide prevention, such as Emergency Departments or implementation of suicide prevention initiatives within health systems.
4. State of the art treatment and prevention research.
5. Novel uses of technology and/or other innovative strategies for suicide and self-harm prevention and treatment of high-risk youths.
6. The effect of media and internet usage on suicide and self-harm risk.
7. Research on genetics, biomarkers, and biological processes and mechanisms relevant to suicide prevention.
8. Risk, protective, and developmental processes that impact suicide risk from childhood to the young adult years.
Interested authors should submit a letter of intent as a Word file to the JCPP editorial office (Prabha.Choubina@acamh.org) with ‘Suicide and self-harm…Special Issue’ in the subject line by Thursday 31 May 2018.
The letter should include the following: a tentative title; a brief description of the proposed submission (up to 500 words); a brief explanation of the unique contribution made by the proposed manuscript (under 100 words); names and affiliation of all anticipated authors; and contact information for the corresponding author.
The editors will review all letters and invite a select few to be submitted as full manuscripts. The editors will contact the selected authors, no later than Saturday 30 June 2018. Manuscript submission will be due no later than, Friday 30 November 2018.
Publication date: Online publication of the issue on 16 September 2019 (as the October 2019 issue of JCPP); individual articles will be published online as soon as final accepted article proofs have been approved by authors.