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Treatment for Suicidal Ideation, Self-harm, and Suicide Attempts Among Youth

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Publication Date: Dec 15, 2020

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth in the United States. The suicide rate for youth aged 10 to 24 increased 56 percent from 6.8 per 100,000 in 2007 to 10.6 per 100,000 in 2017 (Curtin & Heron, 2019). Many factors contribute to thoughts of suicide in this population, including depression, hopelessness, low self-esteem, peer and parental relationship problems, academic difficulties, and substance use. Suicide is preventable, suicidal thoughts and behaviors are treatable, and interventions are available and should be accessible to any young person who needs help.

The goal of this guide is to provide interventions to treat for suicidal ideation, self-harm, and suicide attempts among youth. It provides research on implementation and examples of the ways that these recommendations can be implemented.

Link to News Article: Treatment for Suicidal Ideation, Self-harm, and Suicide Attempts Among Youth