Risk Factors and Prevention for Suicide and Suicide Attempts by Adolesscents

Julianna Benjamin, University at Albany

The number of adolescent deaths from suicide in the United States has increased dramatically during the past few decades. The National Center for Health Statistics reports that suicide is the third leading cause of death for young people age 15 to 24 years. In 1997, there were 4,186 suicides among people 15 to 24 years old. Among those aged 15 to 24, suicide accounted for 13% of all deaths in 1997. This presentation examines risk factors and prevention methods for adolescent suicide and suicide attempts. Risk factors for suicide and suicide attempts among ethnic groups will also be examined.

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Updated 05/20/2006