Our research group studies suicidal behavior over the lifecycle with a special focus on older adults. The latter is a growing age group, with high suicide rates.
Our research can help to counter clichés about suicide in late being a ”normal” phenomenon, by examining how different factors contribute to the development of depression and suicidal behaviors in older adults.
Suicide is not just a psychiatric phenomenon. Therefore, multidisciplinary collaboration is central. The contribution of early childhood factors and life events over the life span are studied, as well as brain function and biomarkers. In clinical studies we identify factors that influence prognosis after suicide attempts and we study how suicide risk is managed, and can be better managed, within health care.