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.
Dr. Brian Mustanski is one of the first to study a group of LGBT youth over time to learn about what contributes to their suicide attempts.
After surveying 631 ED physicians and nurses, Dr. Betz found that 49% of doctors and 72% of nurses reported that they “hardly ever” personally counsel patients or families to temporarily remove or lock up guns at home.
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.