Suicide Science

May 05, 2022

The Suicide that Wasn’t

From the Lived Experience Why do some suicides seem to happen so “fast?” That question underscores many of the complexities, nuances, and possible solutions for a growing health crisis. As a Black American, I am driven to write about this phenomenon through the lens of people like me. My Story Invisibility. Invisible problems. In reality, […]

April 06, 2022

A Clinician asks… ‘Could Sleep Help End the Youth Mental Health Crisis?’

From the Clinician  As her previous contribution showed, Dr. Kathleen Mackenzie’s blended insights as a clinician with lived experience provide important perspective. In a recent piece in Psychology Today, Dr. Mackenzie posed the question, Could Sleep Help End the Youth Mental Health Crisis? and set forth her arguments for targeting improved sleep for our youth. In this article […]

April 05, 2022

JKBF Awardee Publishes in SLEEP

In October, JKBF granted its second research award to Nikolaj Kjær Høier, a young scientist investigating biological factors important to suicide risk presenting at the 2021 International Summit on Suicide Research. We are pleased to share that his work has recently been published in SLEEP, the journal of the Sleep Research Society (SRS). Mr. Høier‘s paper, Association between hospital-diagnosed sleep […]

April 03, 2022

Recapping The Interplay of Environmental Exposures and Mental Health: Setting an Agenda

Previously we reported insights on considerations of the often-overlooked impacts of environmental exposures on mental health in a series covering the National Academies of Science’s 2021 workshop, “The Interplay Between the Environment and Mental Health.”  Change is starting to occur, as the organizers now report, ‘Science and policy experts in the environmental and behavioral health […]

January 21, 2022

Chronic Illness, A Factor in Suicide Risk

By Meghan Bellamy   In recent years CDC Statistics have reflected that eight of the top ten causes of death in the US were chronic illnesses, with the tenth being suicide. In 2020, that changed with the insertion of Covid pandemic deaths ranking third, yet chronic disease and suicide remain prominent causes of death in […]

January 11, 2022

The Cost of a Life…and a Need for More Suicide Prevention Research

As so many of us know all too well, the costs of suicide are immeasurable, extending beyond the unfathomable loss of an individual to considerable lifelong impacts on family, friends, coworkers, communities, and society. As this recent report on the Economic Cost of Injury from the CDC highlights, losses associated with suicide are also economic, costly, […]

December 03, 2021

Internal Rhythms, Sleep, and Suicide

In this recent summary From the Scientist, the researchers highlight how chronotype, or internal rhythms, raise the risk of sleep disturbance and associated suicidal thoughts in individuals more inclined to be night owls. Studies show that the restoration and reduced stress response that comes from sleep occurs during rapid eye moment (REM) conditions, which tend to […]

December 03, 2021

We Know So Much More Now…

From the Clinician AND From the Lived Experience Last spring we posted about mind-body insights and tools for stress regulation that we learned from Dr. Kathleen Mackenzie at the Active Minds conference, and recently we had a chance to catch up with her directly.  Dr. Mackenzie’s insights are especially powerful since they stem from a […]

November 04, 2021

JKBF bestows second Biological Research Award at Suicide Summit

In October JKBF was pleased to partner with the International Academy of Suicide Research (IASR) and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) in giving an award in support of an early career scientist who focuses on exploring biological contributors to suicide. At the virtual 2021 International Summit on Suicide Research we presented the second James Kirk Bernard Foundation Award for Excellence in […]

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 […]