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Russell Copelan, MD

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Suicidologist's Soliloquy

Russell Copelan, MD, sheds light on a dark issue

Suicidologist's Soliloquy
Suicide Research Must Consider Both the 'How' and the 'Why'

Ancient observations from poets, scientists, and grandmothers

May 24, 2024
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Suicidologist's Soliloquy
'Me-Search' and Short-Sightedness Have No Place in Suicide Research

To prevent more deaths, the field of suicide research needs to evolve

April 29, 2024
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Suicidologist's Soliloquy
Another Essential 'DEI' in Suicide Probability Analysis

Dignity, empathy, and integrity should be included in the process

March 7, 2024
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Suicidologist's Soliloquy
Advice to the Field of Suicidology: A Way Home When 'Bad Lost'

The conventional approach to identifying suicide risk is far from sufficient

December 6, 2023
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Suicidologist's Soliloquy
Sending Out an SOS: Science of Suicide

A brief, but important, call to action

August 16, 2023
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Suicidologist's Soliloquy
Is There Even One Reliable Marker for Acute Suicidal Behavior?

Aspirational goals without science should cause outrage

July 31, 2023
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Suicidologist's Soliloquy
The Danger of Binary Thinking in Mental Health Care

Our understanding of mass killings cannot be reduced to "either/or"

May 21, 2023
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Suicidologist's Soliloquy
Emergency Doctors Are Ill Prepared to Handle Psychiatric Emergencies

Current suicide reduction initiatives aren't doing nearly enough

March 9, 2023
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Suicidologist's Soliloquy
The Little Suicide Construct That Could

Can a single study save a lethal stress cohort?

November 11, 2022
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Suicidologist's Soliloquy
Who Needs a 'Recovering' Shrink Now?

My past should no longer be a burden but an advantage

September 13, 2022
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Suicidologist's Soliloquy
Is There an Equation for Suicidal Lethality?

Where math meets mental health

July 12, 2022
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Suicidologist's Soliloquy
Why Youth Violence Assessment Is Still Failing: The Semmelweis Reflex

The inexorable pursuit of the crocodile that continues to prey on us

May 25, 2022
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Suicidologist's Soliloquy
When You're a Victim of Academic Plagiarism

This is how it really feels

April 21, 2022
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