Treatment to Prevent Suicide

HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter

Here's what's happening on the HealthyPlace site this week:

Thinking About Suicide

In the Future, There May Be A Treatment to Prevent Suicide

A treatment to prevent suicide? Yes, in the future. Researchers have scientific proof for first time that a brain chemical is linked to suicidal thoughts. A breakthrough! There's now scientific proof that suicidal behavior is linked to a brain chemical called glutamate. This prompts researchers to suggest that in the future, there may be a way to prevent suicide.

depression. In the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, Lena Brundin, associate professor of translational science and molecular medicine at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, says this is the first scientific evidence that glutamate is more active in the brains of people who attempt suicide. "The findings are important because they show a mechanism of disease in patients," says Dr. Brundin.

For about 40 years, researchers have been studying another brain chemical, serotonin, as the leading culprit behind depression. Dr. Brundin says now is the time to focus attention on glutamate.

Anti-glutamate drugs are still in development but could be used to prevent suicide in the future. Dr. Brundin notes that recent clinical studies show that ketamine, an anesthetic which inhibits glutamate signaling, is extremely effective in fighting depression. Ketamine is not widely used today because of side-effects from the drug.

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Your Thoughts

What do you do to manage suicidal thoughts and behaviors to prevent suicide? We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page.

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Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans

Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:

  1. How to Help Someone with a Mental Illness
  2. PTSD and Memories of Abuse
  3. Acting on Impulse When Struggling With Mental Illness

If you're not already, I hope you'll join us/like us on Facebook too. There are a lot of wonderful, supportive people there.


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From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

We want to welcome 2 new bloggers. Heiddi Zalamar is taking over the "Life with Bob" blog on parenting a child with a mental illness. Tanisha Neely starts a new blog, "The Life: LGBT Mental Health and Relationships Blog." On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.

Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.

Feeling Alone in the World, What Would You Do? on HealthyPlace TV

Living with depression, major depression, the most severe kind of depression may best be described as a lonely, isolating, hopeless existence. Left untreated, it can lead a person to take desperate measures. Our guest, Lee Horbachewski, knows just how bad it can get when you're feeling along in the world. Watch.

Employing Classmates As Mentors Of Autistic Teens

Our Parent Coach, Dr. Steven Richfield, gets a lot of tough mental health questions from parents. Here's what came in the email box this week: How can autistic teens be helped by their high school classmates?

Latest Mental Health News

These stories and more are featured on our mental health news page:

  • Crowds Are Not People, My Friend
  • Guys and Dolls No More?
  • The Anxiety of Group Survival
  • Cleansing the Toxins of Divorce
  • The Impact of Gratitude

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APA Reference
Staff, H. (2012, December 26). Treatment to Prevent Suicide, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 18 from

Last Updated: September 4, 2014

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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