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Research Connection Newsletters

Read about AFSP-funded research studies to learn more about innovative ways to prevent suicide.

Our research studies

AFSP-funded research has produced ground-breaking new information for the field of suicide prevention— identifying alterations in brain structure and function that are associated with suicide, developing treatments to give people at risk tools to combat their troubling thoughts and prevent suicidal behavior, and determining that barriers on bridges can reduce suicide rates from jumping without substantial increases in deaths from nearby bridges. Findings like these have increased our understanding of the mechanisms that underlie suicide and shaped prevention efforts in the U.S. as well as other parts of the world.

Read more about selected research findings below.

Research Connection Newsletters

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Can Specific Genes in the Blood Help Predict Suicide Risk?

Dr. Adolfo Sequeira set out to test a new method of analyzing matched brain and blood samples to see if differences in gene expression (biomarkers) existed in both the brain and the blood between individuals who died by suicide and those who died of other causes.

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Highlighting the True Connection Between Research and Suicide Prevention

In those moments when a supposedly “non-science person” backs away because they find the idea of science and research dry or scary, it reminds me of the need to build that connection, so we can develop people’s interest and understanding of the important role research plays in preventing this leading cause of death.

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Using Technology to Measure Suicide Risk in Teens Post-Hospitalization

Dr. Catherine Glenn, of the University of Rochester, and her colleagues set out to examine if new methods of monitoring short-term suicide risk and warning signs are feasible and acceptable (i.e., appropriate and able to be carried out) for adolescents at increased risk for suicide attempts.

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Bringing Suicide Research to Students in Texas

Upon learning about AFSP’s Research Connection program, in which suicide prevention researchers come to speak about their studies to general, lay audiences in one’s local community, it seemed fitting for me to host an event, and help to highlight the importance of suicide prevention research here at home.

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Neuroimaging and Suicide Prevention Research: Reviewing the Last Two Decades

Can neuroimaging connect specific brain structures and functions with suicidal thoughts and behaviors?

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Research Connection: Is There a Link Between Job Stress and Suicide?

The true relationship between employment and suicide is more nuanced.