Hungary had one of the highest rates of suicide in the world when AFSP funded a study to teach general practitioners to identify and treat depressed patients to lower suicide rates.
Can we prevent suicide by reducing access to lethal methods? Dr. David Gunnell from the University of Bristol has demonstrated that the answer is "yes."
Jeff Bridge, Ph.D., and his colleagues studied decision making in teenagers who have made a suicide attempt.
Dr. Gould found that bullying was only associated with later suicidal ideation or attempts for “at-risk” students.
Dr. Kaplan’s study used the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS), a state-based surveillance system that gathers information from death certificates, police reports, and coroner or medical examiner reports to provide detailed information about individuals who die by a violent death.
By studying common immune factors, Dr. Postolache is testing the interaction between genetic and environmental factors that may contribute to suicidal behavior.
Gary Diamond, Ph.D., modified Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT) for lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) adolescents and then pilot tested the eight-week treatment with 10 youth experiencing significant suicidal ideation.
By studying microRNA’s in the brains of people who died by suicide and comparing them with the brains of people who died by other means, Dr. Turecki is working to explain how genes work in different parts of the brain to effect behavior.
Stephanie Kasen, Ph.D., investigated the development of impulsivity, feelings of capability and suicide attempts from ages 10-25.
Yogesh Dwivedi, Ph.D., studied MicroRNA (miRNA) expression in the brains of depressed people who died by suicide, comparing them with brains of people who died by other causes.