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Youth Suicide Prevention in a TEXTing Environment

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Suicide rates have risen in recent years among adolescents to the second leading cause of death in the United States. Although there have been multiple interventions introduced since 2010, one of the newest forms of intervention is via text message. In a society where advancements in technology develop daily, electronic means of assistance within the mental health field has grown. Additionally, the lockdowns falling the COVID-19 provided an opportunity for mental health organizations to determine that telehealth and remote communication was doable and, in some cases, preferred. Texting is an easy way for individuals to communicate and the patient may be more likely to open up while texting a message instead of in a face-to-face setting. During this three-hour session join mental health professionals and educators to learn more about how texting can deter and prevent suicide among adolescents.

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