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Am J Prev Med. 2014 Sep;47(3 Suppl 2):S229-34. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2014.06.001.

Prioritizing research to reduce youth suicide and suicidal behavior.

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1
Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus; Department of Pediatrics, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus. Electronic address: jeff.bridge@nationwidechildrens.org.
2
Office of the Clinical Director, National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, Maryland.
3
Department of Psychiatry, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus;
4
Division of Emergency Medicine, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Abstract

The goal of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention is to reduce suicide and suicide attempts in the U.S. by 40% in the next decade. In this paper, a public health approach is applied to suicide prevention to illustrate how reductions in youth suicide and suicidal behavior might be achieved by prioritizing research in two areas: (1) increasing access to primary care-based behavioral health interventions for depressed youth and (2) improving continuity of care for youth who present to emergency departments after a suicide attempt. Finally, some scientific, clinical, and methodologic breakthroughs needed to achieve rapid, substantial, and sustained reductions in youth suicide and suicidal behavior are discussed.

PMID:
25145744
PMCID:
PMC4143663
DOI:
10.1016/j.amepre.2014.06.001
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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