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Reducing Youth Suicide

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Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people ages 15-19 according to The Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The suicide rate for youth between the ages of 15 and 24 was the highest recorded rate ever (Heron, 2019). The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System found that rates of feelings of hopelessness and sadness, suicidal ideation, making a suicide plan, and injuries resulting from suicide attempts have significantly increased between 2007 and 2017 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2018).

The workshop provides data on recent trends in adolescent suicide and addresses warnings signs, as well as risk and protective factors. Clinicians will gain knowledge of available suicide risk screening and assessment tools. In addition to discussing suicide in general, the workshop will address the unique needs of specific populations who have increased risk based on unique social factors. Moreover, the importance of postvention strategies will also be addressed.

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