Suicide Research

September 30, 2021

Is there a role for physical activity in reducing suicide risk?

by Rachael Troughton, MSc, MBA In 2019, nearly 48,000 people died by suicide. Research reports that up to 25% of American adults have considered or attempted suicide. While 90% of people who die by suicide showed symptoms of a mental health condition, according to those close to them, only 46% were formally diagnosed. This means interventions that […]

September 24, 2021

Yoga and Mental Health: Why and How It Helps

Our contributing writer delves into some of the science behind yoga and how it may be working to improve her mental health. You can read about Christine’s personal experience using yoga as a tool to keep from spiraling here.  By Guest Contributor, Christine Bushrow Have you been feeling overwhelmed lately? Perhaps you may want to […]

September 09, 2021

Applying Biology to Build Resilience

This post presents an overview of the Community Resiliency Model (CRM), a resource for building skills in advance of a challenge or crisis, developed by the Trauma Resource Institute. While some people make a suicide attempt without much warning, an estimated 12 million adults in the US each year contemplate suicide or experience chronic suicidal ideation. […]

June 22, 2021

Insights from ‘The Interplay Between the Environment and Mental Health’ –  Part III

This article shares some of the complexity and potential opportunities in considering environmental impacts on mental health, and is the final in a series covering the National Academies of Science’s workshop, “The Interplay Between the Environment and Mental Health.” Workshop presenters emphasized the array of environmental influences on mental health, including ecosystems, lifestyle factors, social […]

May 14, 2021

Insights from ‘The Interplay Between the Environment and Mental Health’ –  Part II

This article, highlighting the importance of definition of ‘the environment,’ is second in a series covering the National Academies of Science’s workshop, “The Interplay Between the Environment and Mental Health.” In the workshop’s keynote remarks (Video Playlist 3-D1), Sandro Galea from the Boston University School of Public Health shared that intuition, conceptual frameworks, and increasing evidence point to […]

April 12, 2021

Insights from ‘The Interplay Between the Environment and Mental Health’ – Part I

by Kimberly Charleson This article is the first of a series covering the workshop “The Interplay Between the Environment and Mental Health.” The groundbreaking workshop The Interplay Between the Environment and Mental Health was held in February 2021 and served as an encouraging sign of increased attention and research considerations in the space of environment and […]

April 12, 2021

Insomnia, Sleep Medicines, and Suicide – it’s complicated!

To further our understanding of the role of sleep disturbance in suicidal behaviors, below we present a sleep researcher’s explanation of a recent study addressing insomnia, sleep medications, and suicide. The researcher, Andrew Tubbs, and his collaborators from the University of Arizona have just published data that indicate the particular type of sleep medicine may […]

January 20, 2021

More on Sleep Disturbance and Suicide

As we have previously presented, sleep disturbance is correlated with suicidal behaviors and risk factors. Important work on understanding these connections is coming out of Dr. Grandner’s lab, including wakefulness at night as a specific concern out lined in this From the Scientist summary of a recent paper. Evidence is building that increased awareness and […]

July 21, 2020

Diet Matters: The Food-Mood Connection

by Alison Brown, MSc “Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food” – Hippocrates, 400 BC We are generally aware that our diets affect our physical health—after all, “you are what you eat” is a fairly common idiom. However, it’s interesting that 2000+ years passed before the mental health field focused on […]

June 25, 2020

Medications May Contribute to Suicide Risk

by Meghan Bellamy  “The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.”  – Sir William Osler It’s already the final week of June! Summer crept up on us due to safer-at-home orders across the globe, and your body might be feeling it. From fresh-cut grass to blooming trees […]