Research Connection

What Mouse Behavior Tells Us About Suicide

The serotonin system has been identified as a key factor in brain function related to behavioral control and decision-making. Dr. Pennanen studied decision-making and cognitive flexibility in mice whose serotonin 5-HT2c gene had been partially blocked so that amounts of available serotonin were lower.

Reducing Suicide by Teaching Physicians

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.

Building Barriers to Prevent Suicide

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."

Risk for Suicide Among Veterans in the Community

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.

Promising Therapy for Suicidal LGB Teens

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.