Why predicting suicide is a difficult and complex challenge

Dr Joseph Franklin, an Associate Professor of Psychology at Florida State University, offers his thoughts on suicide and why predicting who will take their own life is far from a clear science.


Who is going to die by suicide? This terrible mystery of human behaviour takes on particular poignance in the wake of suicides by high-profile and much-beloved celebrities Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain.

It is only natural that people want to know why such tragedies occur. Those closest to those who take their lives are often