Mental Health Awareness Month

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"The greater our knowledge increases, the greater our ignorance unfolds."

President John F. Kennedy

It is only through a better understanding of the brain and how to treat its illnesses that we will move forward in the battle against mental illness. Join us each day this month and help spread our messages, images and videos on Facebook and Twitter through "Know Science. No Stigma." and using the hashtag: #4BrainResearch. If you would like to replace your Facebook profile image with a "Know Science. No Stigma." graphic, download them to the right:

                                      
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May 31, 2013

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Daily images to share:

Malenka Quote
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Videos to Share:

About the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation 2013 NARSAD Independent Investigator and his vision of prevention

2010 Lieber Prizewinner, Dr. Ming Tsuang on prevention

2013 Lieber Prizewinner, Dr. Michael Owen

 

Messages to Share:
Read more facts, statistics and information about mental illnesses
at our Frequently Asked Questions page.

According to the National Institute for Mental Health and other research, risk factors for suicide include:

  • depression and other mental disorders, or a substance-abuse disorder (often in combination with other mental disorders). More than 90 percent of people who die by suicide have these risk factors.
  • prior suicide attempt
  • family history of mental disorder or substance abuse
  • family history of suicide
  • family violence, including physical or sexual abuse
  • firearms in the home, the method used in more than half of suicides
  • incarceration
  • exposure to the suicidal behavior of others, such as family members, peers, or media figures.

However, suicide and suicidal behavior are not normal responses to stress; many people have these risk factors, but are not suicidal. Research also shows that the risk for suicide is associated with changes in brain chemicals called neurotransmitters, including serotonin. Decreased levels of serotonin have been found in people with depression, impulsive disorders, and a history of suicide attempts, and in the brains of suicide victims.