Paid Teen Research Study. Help Researchers Reduce Suicide Risk!
University of Minnesota researchers want to find ways to potentially reduce suicide risk in teens who had a previous attempt or current suicide ideation. Yours and your teen's participation will help families with teens who have attempted suicide by finding ways to reduce suicide risk in teens. Your contribution to science, to the potential wellbeing and health of future adolescents, and to their families is both generous and very appreciated.
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Study Visits Conducted in Minneapolis, MN
Compensation up to $485 including parking
11 - 17 Years Old
Teens who have Past Suicide Attempt or current suicide ideation
Fast Facts
Study Background
Can we train our brains to increase feelings of happiness?

Our study investigates a treatment for teens at risk for suicide attempts called neurofeedback training. In neurofeedback training, you are trying to control your brain function on purpose. Teen participants will see their brain activity and recall positive memories to try to change their levels of brain activity. They will do this inside a scanner, which is a non-intrusive and safe way to look at how the brain functions.

If this study is successful, it may result in new treatments for suicide risk. Help researchers learn more about brain training and see if you are eligible!
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Additional Information
Why is this study being done?
The purpose of this study is to examine a new, experimental treatment for adolescents at risk for suicide attempts called neurofeedback training.

If this study is successful, it may result in new treatments for suicide risk.

Is this study for my family?
You may qualify for this study if you meet the following criteria.

Key Criteria:
  • 11-17 years old
  • Have a past suicide attempt or current suicide ideation

*Individuals who are pregnant or have non-removable metal objects in their bodies are not eligible.

What will happen if my family participates in this study?
Interested parents and adolescents will take part in an initial phone screening. If eligible, you and your child will attend 5 study visits. The 1st, 4th and 5th visits will be in person or over video conferencing platforms. They will involve completing questionnaires about yourself and completing computerized tasks. In the 2nd and 3rd, your child will undergo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanning and complete neurofeedback training and other separate activities.
Will my family be paid for being in this research study?
Families will be compensated up to $485 plus parking compensation for study completion.
Will it cost my family anything to participate in this study?
There is no cost for your family to participate in our research program.
How long is the study?
1st session: may last 5-6 hours.
2nd and 3rd sessions: 4.5 – 5 hours
4th session: 3.5 – 4 hours
5th session: 5-6 hours
Any additional session entails an additional $40 compensation.
How can the research team accommodate my family's work and school responsibilities?
You and your child can spread these 5 study sessions out over 12 months. We accommodate visits outside of work hours, during holidays, school breaks, and weekends.

We will only need the parent to attend the first 1-2 hours of the first session and 15 minutes on the second and third sessions.

Your Child needs only attend the 1st, 4th, and 5th sessions in person for 1-2 hours. The remaining time can be divided into multiple visits either in person or over zoom. 2nd and 3rd sessions can be split into 2 days in-person (2.5 hours/each day) for each session.
Do I/my child need to stop our current medication/treatment or take new medication to be part of this study?
This study is independent of the family's current medical and mental health care and will not require any changes to current treatments/medications. The decision to start/stop any treatment lies upon your family and your providers. This study does not interfere with any current treatments.
Is the scanner radioactive?
No, the scanner is not radioactive.
Will transportation be provided if needed?
Yes, we will pay for transportation if the family/child needs it.