Suicide Prevention: Highlights of PCORI-Funded Studies and Projects

A teenage girl with a sad expression looking out of the window.

In observance of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month (September 2021)
Suicide rates in the United States have increased by more than 35 percent over the past two decades, and suicide rates for youth aged 15 to 24 spiked by almost 50 percent during this time. Suicide rates are higher for males and for underserved populations such as LGBTQ+, homeless, autistic, rural, disabled, and American Indian/Alaska Native patients.

Video: 5 Studies Aimed at Reducing Suicide Among Teens

"Mental Health Minute," Psychiatric Times, August 2021

In this "Mental Health Minute" video clip from the Psychiatric Times, PCORI Executive Director Nakela L. Cook, MD, MPH, discusses five PCORI-funded studies aimed at reducing suicide among teens.

The largest assesses the effectiveness of dialectical behavior therapy, while others will look at the unique challenges facing autistic youth, Alaskan natives, and sexual and gender diverse young adults.


Research Studies and Engagement Award Projects

PCORI has funded a robust portfolio of research studies and engagement awards to determine which approaches work best to prevent youth suicide, including studies focusing on tailored approaches to best care for and engage underserved populations.