Year: 2009 Source: British Journal of Psychiatry, v.194, no.5, (May 2009), p.466 SIEC No: 20100256

Lithium is a well-established treatment in psychiatry. The possibility that lithium from the environment may affect mental health has received little study. However, a recent study & an older report both suggest that higher levels of lithium in drinking water are associated with lower suicide rates. These data should provoke further research, which ultimately may benefit community mental health. (7 refs.)