Legislation would fund suicide prevention research

Recently introduced legislation in the U.S. Senate would require the National Science Foundation to award grants to higher education institutes that support research on suicide treatment and prevention.

The Advancing Research to Prevent Suicide Act would require the foundation, in consultation with the National Institute of Mental Health, to award grants to higher education institutes for the research of drug and alcohol abuse, human cognition and development, social behavior, and other behaviors involved in the treatment and prevention of suicide.

The bill was introduced by U.S. Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Jacky Rosen (D-NV)

“Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for young Texans and is on the rise nationally,” said Sen. Cornyn. “This legislation would help us understand the factors that contribute to someone making this decision and help identify how we can best support individuals in crisis.”

“We must take action to confront the rising rate of suicide occurring across our nation,” said Sen. Rosen. “Countless families and communities in Nevada and throughout our country have experienced this tragedy. This bipartisan bill will help us better understand how to help those suffering.”

The bill has the support of the American Psychological Association and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.