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Document Number: 5333

Youth Suicide - A concise, invaluable backgrounder on the causes and prevention of youth suicide. The brief considers the prevalence and methods of youth suicide, as well as the factors such as gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, family dynamics, psychiatric disorders, outlook and neurobiology that place an individual at greater or lesser risk. It lists the stresses and factors that may cause a troubled youth to commit or keep a child from committing suicide, and examines the various treatments and interventions available to youth at risk of attempting suicide. The brief also briefly touches upon the goals of the 2001 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, and offers suggestions of what symptoms parents might observe in a child at risk of attempting suicide. In a similar vein, but with more information specific to the role of schools in suicide prevention see Questions and Answers: Suicide Intervention in the Schools by Scott Poland and Richard Lieberman. (Child Study Center Letter, New York University School of Medicine, vol. 5, no. 5, May/June 2001) ...

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