Participate in Research

Volunteer to Participate in Research

One way you can contribute to reducing suicide is by participating as a volunteer in a suicide research study. Scientists use these studies to learn more about suicide, and eventually to improve the ways that professionals and the public work to prevent it.

We post promising research projects that are looking for volunteers on this page.

If you are a researcher interested in submitting your study for inclusion here, please send an email to research@afsp.org

Do You Have a Close Family Member Who Has Attempted Suicide?

We are trying to understand the biological causes of suicidal behavior. If you have a family member who attempted suicide and you are between the ages of 18 and 29, you may be eligible to participate in a research study at the New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University. Study participation includes brain imaging scans and several clinical assessments. Eligible individuals will be paid up to $475. With our findings, we hope to develop a better understanding of why people attempt suicide in order to improve prevention. All collected information will remain confidential. If you are interested in learning more about this study, please contact our Research Coordinator at 646-774-7561.

Are you a survivor of suicide loss?

The loss of a loved one to suicide is an unimaginably difficult experience that everyone copes with in a unique way. These different coping styles are likely related to the structure and function of each person’s brain. In this study we are seeking to understand how the makeup of your brain contributes to your specific experience of suicide grief. By participating, you can help further our understanding of how the brain copes with loss.

  • We are seeking individuals who have lost a parent, sibling, child, spouse or life-partner due to a suicide or non-suicide related death, within the past 6 months.
  • Participants must be between the ages of 18-65. 
  • This study involves MRI scans and no radiation exposure.

This study is being conducted at Columbia University Medical Center/New York State Psychiatric Institute. Eligible participants will be compensated with $300 for their time. If you are interested, please contact us at (646)774-7538 or cam2325@columbia.edu.