Although the suicide rate is at a 30-year high, our panelists Dr. Maria Oquendo, Dr. Thomas Joiner, and Kevin Hines shared their promising research and inspirational stories.
Dr. Maria A. Oquendo, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Vice-Chair at Columbia University and New York State Psychiatric Institute, addressed the neurobiology of suicide during her presentation. She discussed the research she does on biomarkers (measurable indicators of the presence of disease or disease risk) as neurobiological predictors of suicide.
The second panelist was Dr. Thomas Joiner, the Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Florida State University. He has authored or edited seventeen books, including Why People Die by Suicide, Myths About Suicide, Lonely at the Top and The Perversion of Virtue: Understanding Murder-Suicide. Dr. Thomas Joiner discussed some of the biggest myths about suicide.
Dr. Joiner also discussed the importance of community in suicide prevention. “Small doses of connection and caring can make someone feel like they belong. Those are Fountain House values,” he said.