Blocking the Paths to Suicide
Every year, nearly 40,000 Americans kill themselves. The majority are men, and most of them use guns. In fact, more than half of all gun deaths in the United States are suicides. Igor Galynker, PhD, the director of biological psychiatry at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, noted that in one study, 60 percent of patients who were judged to be at low risk died of suicide after their discharge from an acute care psychiatric unit. “The assessments are not good,” he said. So Dr. Galynker and his colleagues are developing a novel suicide assessment to predict imminent risk, based upon new findings about the acute suicidal state.
- Igor Galynker, PhD, Professor, Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Director, Division of Biological Psychiatry, Mount Sinai Beth Israel