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Science News About Suicide Prevention

NIMH Funds 3 ‘Zero Suicide’ Grants

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NIMH is supporting Zero Suicide efforts with 3 new research grants. Each project focuses on prevention and health care systems.

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Coping With Familial Mental Illness in Stressful Times

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“An NIH/NIMH lifer” reveals how his Asian American family successfully coped with severe mental illness compounded by discrimination.

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National Suicide Prevention Month: Update 2015

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In the year following the release of a Prioritized Research Agenda for Suicide Prevention by the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s Research Prioritization Task Force, NIMH has undertaken a series of initiatives aimed at reducing suicide rates within specific risk groups and settings. The goal is to identify through research the most effective strategies for preventing suicide, for the greatest number of people.

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Embracing the SPIRIT of reducing suicide

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NIMH, NIH, and the National Institute of Justice are collaborating on a 4-year, $6.8 million study called Suicide Prevention for at-Risk Individuals in Transition or “SPIRIT.” The study focuses on the high-risk individuals who are transitioning from jail to community. SPIRIT is NIMH’s first major investment in suicide prevention in the justice system.

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Study May Help Department of Veterans Affairs Find Patients with High Risk of Suicide

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Scientists used health data to identify very small groups of VHA patients with very high, predicted suicide risk. Such methods can help the VHA to target suicide prevention efforts for patients at high risk, and may have more wide-ranging benefits.

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Webinar Series - Suicide Prevention: An Action Plan to Save Lives

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Suicide Prevention: An Action Plan to Save Lives

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Soldiers at Increased Suicide Risk after Leaving Hospital

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Soldiers hospitalized with a psychiatric disorder have a higher suicide risk in the year following discharge from the hospital.

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Groundbreaking Suicide Study

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A groundbreaking study will help researchers learn more about treating people with suicidal thoughts. Nearly 20,000 patients will be able to enroll in the trial. One of the treatments being tested was developed with the help of other patients

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Personalized Screen to ID Suicidal Teens in 14 ERs

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A new study will develop and test a personalized, computer-based suicide risk screening tool to help ERs identify troubled teenagers.

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Most Individuals Receive Health Services a Year Before Suicide Death

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Undetected suicide risk is a critical issue in primary care. According to a NIMH-funded study published in the February 2014 issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine, 83 percent of individuals received health care services in the year prior to suicide death and half did not have a mental health diagnosis.

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Brain Region Singled Out for Social Memory, Possible Therapeutic Target for Select Brain Disorders

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The hippocampus houses learning and memory—specifically the storage of knowledge of who, what, where, and when. Using a special transgenic mouse, researchers have now pinpointed a hippocampal region called CA2 that is important for social memory, the ability of animal to recognize another of the same species. Understanding this region could be useful in understanding and treating disorders characterized by altered social behaviors such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and autism.

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Suicide in the Military: Army-NIH Funded Study Points to Risk and Protective Factors

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Although the suicide attempt and death rates in the U.S. Army have been historically below the civilian rate, these rates began climbing in the early 2000s, and by 2008, exceeded those of civilians. A joint study between the Army and NIMH, called Army STARRS, recently released findings that shed light on the problem.

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NIMH Twitter Chat on Suicide Prevention

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To commemorate World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10, 2013, NIMH will host a twitter chat on the topic.

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Jane Pearson Talks About Suicide Prevention Research on NPR’s Science Friday

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NIMH scientist Dr. Jane Pearson appeared on NPR’s Science Friday to discuss the latest findings in suicide prevention research.

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President Obama’s Executive Order Leads to National Research Action Plan

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President Obama announced the National Research Action Plan (NRAP)—a comprehensive approach to improve our understanding and treatment of mental health problems affecting veterans, service members, and their families.

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NAB Unveils Youth Mental Health Awareness Campaign

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On Tuesday, July 23, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) launched “OK2Talk,” a mental health awareness campaign to increase understanding and awareness about mental health in youth. The campaign includes television and radio ads in English and Spanish that feature teens and young adults opening up about their experiences with mental health.

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DoD, VA, and HHS Report on Improving Mental Health Services for Military, Veterans, and Families

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A new report from the Departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs, and Health and Human Services outlines progress made toward improving mental health services for members of the military, veterans, and their families.

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Emergency Department Suicide Screening Tool Accurately Predicts At Risk Youth

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Time-crunched ER nurses and doctors can use four questions to screen youth at risk for attempting suicide.

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