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Research Connections

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 Connections