Research Highlights about Suicide Prevention
- Study Shows REACH VET Program Effective for Veterans at High Risk for Suicide
A recent NIMH co-authored study shows that a Department of Veterans Affairs suicide prevention program was associated with fewer inpatient mental health admissions and emergency department visits, and a 5 percent reduction in documented suicide attempts.
- Mindful Mood Balance Effective for Treating Residual Depressive Symptoms and Suicidal Ideation
NIMH-supported researchers have found an online mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy—called Mindful Mood Balance—is effective at reducing residual depressive symptoms and at reducing suicidal ideation in those who experience these symptoms.
- Understanding the Characteristics of Suicide in Young Children
Researchers supported by NIMH recently published a study describing the characteristics of suicide in young children and the factors that sometimes precede these tragic events, providing an avenue for future research and intervention.
- A New Strength-Focused Framework to Prevent American Indian and Alaska Native Youth Suicide
Researchers have developed a promising new framework for suicide prevention in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. The research framework expands on conventional risk reduction strategies by placing Indigenous culture, knowledge, beliefs, and community collaboration at the center of the approach.
- Improved Emotion Regulation in Dialectical Behavior Therapy Reduces Suicide Risk in Youth
An analysis of clinical trial data shows that improvements in emotion regulation in youth at high risk for suicide who received dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) led to a reduction in self-harm behaviors.
- Assessing Suicide Risk Among Childbearing Women in the U.S. Before and After Giving Birth
NIMH-supported researchers investigated suicide risk among women in the year before and year after giving birth.
- Investigating Unintentional Injury as a Risk Factor for Self-Harm
In a recent study, NIMH-supported researchers found that certain types of unintentional injury have stronger associations with self-harm than others in adolescents.
- NIMH Awards Funding for Research on Preventing Firearm Injury and Mortality
Suicide attempts by firearm are especially dangerous, with as many as 9 out of 10 attempts resulting in death. NIMH is supporting three projects focused on preventing and reducing firearm injury and mortality to help address the critical need for more research in this area.
- Brief Suicide Prevention Interventions in Acute Care Settings May Reduce Subsequent Suicide Attempts
A research project supported by NIMH analyzed multiple studies to determine the effectiveness of brief suicide prevention interventions in acute care settings.
- Differences in Suicide Risk Among Subgroups of Sexual and Gender Minority College Students
In an NIMH-supported study, researchers found that college students identifying as a sexual or gender minority had higher rates of suicidal risk factors than cisgender and heterosexual peers, and that there were significant differences in risk among sexual minority subgroups.
- Developing Rapid, Accurate Assessment of Mental Disorders, Suicide Risk in Youth
For many adults who have a mental disorder, symptoms were present—but often not recognized or addressed—in childhood and adolescence. Early treatment can help prevent more severe, lasting impairment or disability as a child grows up.