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A New Strategy for Suicide Prevention

Submitted by ColumbiaPsychiatry on May 05, 2015. Columbia Psychiatry


Every year, there are more than 30,000 suicides and ten times as many suicide attempts in the United States. Better prevention is urgently required. That requires improving our knowledge of the causes of suicidal behavior. We know psychiatric disorders, most commonly major depression, are associated with suicide. But most people with a psychiatric disorder never make an attempt.

In this radio program, renowned suicide researcher Dr. John Mann describes how he and his colleagues seek to prevent suicide by studying the brain biology as well as abnormalities in stress coping and mood regulation that increase the risk of suicidal behavior, and then investigate ways to reverse these effects.

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