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SUICIDE RESEARCH TEAM

Suicide Research Team

The mission of the Suicide Research Team at IU South Bend is focused on preventing suicide. We accomplish this mission through doing research studies, attending suicide intervention trainings, promoting campus suicide prevention efforts, and helping out with various projects for local, state, national, and international suicide prevention centers. We also attend professional conferences to learn about recent research, present our research, and network with fellow suicide researchers.

Working to Disseminate Suicide Prevention Courses Nationwide


In 2009, 36,909 lives were lost to suicide. This equates to one suicide every 14.2 minutes. Edwin Shneidman, one of the pioneers of suicidology, stated that suicide prevention needs to be as ingrained in our minds as fire prevention. Click here for the warning signs of suicide.

When you think of fire prevention, you probably remember to "stop, drop, and roll" or call 911, but what do you think about when you think of suicide prevention?

Suicide has increased from the 11th leading cause of death in 2007 to the 10th leading cause of death as of 2009.In the United States and research has shown that at least six loved ones are affected by each individual suicide. Click here to view current suicide statistics.

A Public Service Announcement From The American Association of Suicidology


The Suicide Research Team's efforts are made possible thanks to the Swarm Family Fund for the Study of Severe Mental Illness.

The 1st Source Bank Trust Department granted the IU South Bend Department of Psychology a generous gift of $238,000 on behalf of the Swarm family for researching severe mental illness and also contributing to community mental health programs and professional training in the South Bend area.

The funding will also enable the Suicide Research Team to host lectures by visiting scholars, engage in scholarly collaboration with national universities and medical facilities, present research findings at professional conferences, and allow Psychology Professors John McIntosh and Daniel DeBrule the opportunity to co-author the first undergraduate textbook on suicide in the United States.

Associate Vice Chancellor and Psychology Professor John McIntosh and Assistant Professor of Psychology Daniel DeBrule are overseeing the project with Dr. DeBrule serving as the primary investigator.

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