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Open up your mind to stop those unwanted thoughts.

Latest research shows that talk therapy can be highly beneficial for people at high risk of committing suicide.

Talk therapy, according to the Mental Health Foundation in UK, works by eradicating negative thoughts and bringing some positive changes in the mind.

Opening your mind to a trained therapist can help fight anxiety, depression, addiction, eating disorder and phobia, an NHS Choices report shows.

The new study looked at 65,000 people who attempted suicide in Denmark covering a period of 18 years. Researchers selected 5,678 people who attended psychological therapy and compared them to 17,304 people who did not receive any intervention programs.

At the end of a 20-year follow-up of the participants, researchers found that the psychological therapy was highly effective in preventing suicides and mortality risk. Effects of the therapy became stronger with the participants receiving longer intervention programmes.

Participating in the talk-therapy based intervention programme reduced risk of future suicides by 27 percent and death by 38 percent in the first year. Similarly, by the tenth year, only 229 per 100,000 committed suicide compared to 314 per 100,000 in the control group.

However, the study couldn't underline the exact factor in the therapy that helped this occurrence.

"We know that people who have attempted suicide are a high-risk population and that we need to help them. However, we did not know what would be effective in terms of treatment," study leader, Annette Erlangsen from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in US, said in a news release. "Now we have evidence that psychosocial treatment - which provides support, not medication - is able to prevent suicide in a group at high risk of dying by suicide."

The study published in Lancet Psychiatry comes at a time when at least one person in the world commits suicide every 40 seconds, (8, 00,000 people per year). In India, about one lakh people kill themselves every year, according to AASRA, a Mumbai based mental health NGO.

Researchers from across the globe have been trying hard to develop various methods that stop people from ending their life.

In July this year, researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in US developed a blood test to help identify people at risk of suicide.