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If you need to talk to someone now, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and you’ll be connected with a trained counselor. They can also connect you to mental health services in your area. The line is available 24/7 and is for people in crisis and those who support people in crisis.
Psych Central Blogs On Genes
Post from 2014: “The American Journal of Psychiatry, focused on a genetic mutation in a gene known as SKA2. By analyzing brain samples from mentally ill and healthy people, the researchers found that levels of SKA2 were significantly reduced in the brains of people who had committed suicide.” – Blood Test for Suicide Risk?
Post from 2011: “We have long believed that genes play a role in what makes the difference between thinking about suicide and actually doing it,” said study leader Virginia L. Willour, Ph.D., an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. – Genetic Link to Suicide Attempts
Post from 2010:“Twin and family studies suggest that suicide and suicide attempts are heritable traits and likely part of the same phenotype, with completed suicide and suicide attempts clustering in the same families,” the authors write.“The genetic risk factors for suicide appear to be independent from the underlying psychiatric disorder.”- Suicide Risk Among Depressed Influenced by Genetics
October, 2007 issue of The American Journal of Psychiatry…“These data suggest that genetics may soon help us in our quest to individualize treatments for depression,” said NIMH Director Thomas R. Insel, M.D. “In the future, we hope that genetic testing will help doctors identify those few patients who are at high risk for suicidal thinking during antidepressant therapy and need close monitoring or alternative treatments,” said McMahon. “This should help allay concerns for the vast majority of patients. The best way to prevent suicide is to treat depression.” – Genetic Link to Suicidal Thoughts With Depression Meds
Posted 2013: “Suicidal Biomarker SAT1 a blood test may one day be added to that list of related risk. As I understand it, the SAT1 is a blood protein genetic biomarker that “may” identify someone susceptibleto suicide or suicidal ideation. Basically, it is a blood test for suicide! – Blood Test Suicidal Biomarker SAT1 #suicideprevention
Stress and Genes Linked to Suicide Attempts
Do genes related to stress contribute to suicide attempts, and are some people more prone to stress-related suicidal behavior?
- The HPA gene CRHR1, which is related to the regulation of stress, was linked to suicidal behavior independent of any specific mental health condition.
- Different gene-environment interaction (GxE) risk profiles were identified. The gene’s association with suicidal behavior depended on factors such as depressive symptoms, history of physical assault, and lifetime level of stressful life events.
- The serotonergic gene HTR2A, as well as genes from other neurotransmitter systems (GRIN2B and ODC1), were not strongly linked to suicidal behavior.
- SAT1, a gene found to be related to death by suicide, was also found to be linked to suicide attempts.
The gene AVPR1B was associated with suicidal behavior in people with moderate levels of depressive symptoms, though not with major depressive disorder or anxiety disorder.
- Gender played a role in some GxE associations, but not all.
INTERVENTION STRATEGIES THAT MAY PRESERVE A LIFE: If you believe that somebody is taking into consideration/ thinking about suicide, it is critical you take the following actions. You might save a life.
- Know it’s okay to ask the individual, “Are you thinking of /considering suicide or harming yourself?“
- Be prepared if you get the following response:
- Hostility /Anger mortification over such a Question – Even though it may be true!
- Humiliation feeling embarrassment and shame that is feeding suicidal thoughts.
- Humility and giving you the scary answer “Yes”.
- If you get a “yes” to your inquiry ask, “Do you have a strategy?”.
If “yes”, you will would like to know the plan and also if the tools or drugs are readily available and accessible.
Ask “Do you have accessibility to your method?” (For example, exists accessibility to a weapon, rope, medicine, sharp knives, etc.).
Next you should ask “When will you do it?” (Today, Following week?)
Asking this inquiry will certainly provide you a concept if the person is in immediate danger. If you feel that the threat looms, do not leave the individual alone! A suicidal person needs to view a doctor or psychoanalyst instantly. You might have to take him/her to the local health center emergency room or call 9-1-1.
3. Never ever keep a plan for suicide a secret.
The above Intervention Techniques was extrapolated from crisisclinic.org: warning signs for suicide
Consumer Ambassador Chato Stewart CRPS-A