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Suicide Research

Suicide is a significant public health problem in the United States and globally. Formed in 2019, the Suicide Research Team (SRT) leads NIMH’s suicide research activities. The purpose of the team is to:

  • Coordinate outreach initiatives that engage key agencies and stakeholders supporting research
  • Collaborate on research efforts to help prevent suicide

The SRT work focuses on efforts that align with the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention  and is guided by the Prioritized Research Agenda for Suicide Prevention . The SRT works to meet the institute’s commitment to achieving the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention goal of reducing the suicide rate. The team considers trends in suicide rates, attempts, and ideation and works to address groups at increased risk.

The SRT develops suicide-related workshops, webinars, and funding opportunities to address suicide prevention research gaps that align with NIMH priorities. Topics range from suicide etiology to suicide risk trajectories and risk identification to implementing practical and scalable interventions in a variety of settings that serve at-risk populations. These settings include health care, education, and criminal justice systems among others.

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Team lead

Jane Pearson, Ph.D.      
Special Advisor on Suicide Research to the NIMH Director      
Phone: 301-443-3598