Research-to-Action

Psychedelic use could lower suicide risk

This article reports on a presentation by Elena Argento at the MAPS conference on the role of psychedelics in reducing suicidality.

Tonic (Vice)
Monday, May 1, 2017

Based on the attendance and diversity of presentations at last weekend's Psychedelic Science conference, hosted by the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies, it is hardly an exaggeration to say that we are in the midst of a psychedelic renaissance. For the first time in nearly 50 years, psychedelics from MDMA to ayahuasca are being explored as legitimate treatments for a host of mental illnesses such as PTSD and depression, as well as anxiety in terminally ill cancer patients.

According to a new study presented at the MAPS conference by Elena Argento, a researcher at the BC Center for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, psychedelics may also have a significant role to play in lowering suicide risk in some of the most vulnerable populations, such as women sex workers.