Volunteer to Participate in Research
Contribute to reducing suicide by participating as a volunteer in a suicide research study.
Do you know someone who has died by suicide?
If you know someone who has died by suicide (suicide must have occurred more than 6 months ago), and are 18 years or older, you are invited to participate in this study, which looks at how losing someone to suicide can impact the ability to recover quickly from difficulties, traumatic stress, and personal growth. This research project is being completed by Natalya Bogopolskaya, M.A., M.Ed, as part of her doctorate dissertation at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). The link to this study is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/72XNYSL. This study is approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at PCOM; additionally, AFSP approved the posting of this study.
By taking this survey, you voluntarily agree to participate. You may withdraw from participation at any time. You may change your answers on a current page, but will be unable to go back to a previous page. The survey should take between 15-25 minutes to complete.
Your responses are anonymous and cannot be linked back to your IP address and/or email address. The survey does not request personally identifying information such as your name, address, date of birth, etc.▲ Back to Top
Do you have a parent who has suffered depression and attempted suicide?
Depression affects 15 million Americans each year. Depression and suicidal behavior are transmitted in families due to a combination of genes and environment. Depressive illness and the risk of suicidal behavior are associated with altered brain function that we can detect with brain imaging. Therefore, this study aims to examine brain function in adults who have a parent or sibling who has suffered from depression and made a suicide attempt. The goal of the study is to detect who is at risk of developing depression and who is not going to develop depression so we can prevent these problems before they occur. Procedures include brain imaging (MRI and PET), neuropsychological testing and a clinical assessment. The compensation for participating is up to $600. If you are interested in learning more about this study, please contact our Research Coordinator at 646-774-7560 or [email protected].▲ Back to Top
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.▲ Back to Top
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 13 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 [email protected].▲ Back to Top