Azide addition in Iridium isocyanide complexes
Despite being preventable, suicide has consistently been one of the major leading causes of death for people ages 10-14 and 25-34 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2022). Research has identified depression and perceived stress as risk factors among others for suicide. Additionally, previous studies found that depression mediated the relationship between stress and suicidality in which greater stress was associated with more depressive symptoms, and hence, greater involvement in suicidal behaviors (Hirsch et al., 2019; Smith et al., 2015). The current study examined the interrelationship between depression, stress, and suicidal thoughts. We hypothesize that stress will strengthen associations between depression and stress. Logistic regression was used to analyze data from 958 participants taken from the UC Berkeley Social Networks Study. Results suggest that both depression and stress were positively associated with suicidal thoughts. However, contrary to our hypothesis, as depression increases, people with high stress are less likely to endorse suicidal thoughts in the past year. This finding contradicts prior research on stress and suicide, and proposes the possibility that stress could be a protective factor against suicidal thoughts for people with depression. However, more studies should be conducted to investigate the kind of stress underlying this relationship.