Depression

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 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. […]

September 09, 2020

A Case Study in the Importance of Integrative Care to Mental and Physical Health and Wellbeing

By Susan Parmelee, LCSW As social workers we have a guiding tenet: “Start where the client is.”  In practical terms, this means that if my client is not housed, does not have access to food, or is physically ailing, there is no chance of working on higher level needs through mental health therapy. Addressing the […]

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 […]

April 29, 2020

Considering the Biology of Suicide in Autism

By Liz Bell April is Autism Awareness Month (AAM), a time to showcase the one in 54 Americans living with this neurobiological condition that affects behavior and social communication to widely varying degrees. While AAM is an opportunity to celebrate acceptance and the unique gifts and contributions of people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), it […]

April 13, 2020

Sleep Matters

By Alison Brown, MSc. “O sleep, O gentle sleep, Nature’s soft nurse.”   – William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 2 Sleep is an elusive, enigmatic activity. According to award-winning author Bill Bryson’s The Body, no one knows exactly why we sleep — to consolidate memories, reset the immune system, restore hormonal balance, or clear metabolic waste and neurotoxins? […]

April 13, 2020

Why we are talking about Sleep and Suicide

At JKBF we’ve been following the topic of sleep closely, as increasing evidence shows disordered sleep may be a modifiable, biological risk factor for suicide. Since we know that college students often have poor sleep patterns and show increasing levels of mental health concerns, we were pleased to partner with Active Minds to bring sleep […]

March 12, 2020

Metabolic differences provide biological clues and treatment potential for suicide

We often speak of mental health concerns in the context of ‘chemical imbalances’ and many of us are aware that levels of neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and dopamine, have been found to be altered in those with mental health conditions. We don’t yet know why or how, and rarely does someone go looking for the answer in an individual patient. […]