Suicide Science

For more Suicide Research and Science, visit our Scientific Research Page or view mainstream news articles on biological and lifestyle contributors to mental health conditions and suicide in News from the Web.

Below you will find the breadth of our science and clinical updates as shared in prior Create-Connect-Contribute eNewsletters.

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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