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Can Fam Physician. 2010 Aug;56(8):755-60.

Approach to adolescent suicide prevention.

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Royal Victoria Hospital, Emergency Medicine, Barrie, ON L4M 4S2. marciek2001@hotmail.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To provide family physicians with an approach to suicide prevention in youth.

SOURCES OF INFORMATION:

A literature review was performed using Ovid MEDLINE with the key words suicide, attempted suicide, and evaluation studies or program evaluation, adolescent.

MAIN MESSAGE:

Youth suicide might be prevented by earlier recognition and treatment of mental illness. Family physicians can and should screen for mental illness in youth; there are many diagnostic and treatment resources available to assist with this.

CONCLUSION:

Earlier detection and treatment of mental illness are the most important ways family physicians can reduce morbidity and mortality for youth who are contemplating suicide.

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