Suicide Prevention Resources

Vermont Suicide Prevention Plan

Articles of Interest

Suicide is the third leading cause of death for adolescents 15 to 19 years old.  Pediatricians can take steps to help reduce the incidence of adolescent suicide by screening for depression and suicidal  behavior.  This report updates the previous statement of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is intended to assist the pediatrician in the identification and management of the adolescent at risk of suicide.

This one-page document by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention gives an overview of the warning signs that someone may be taking his or her own life.

A discussion of changes in the proportion of firearm suicides in Western countries since the 1980s and the relation of these changes to the change in the proportion of households owning firearms.

The presence of a household firearm is associated with an increased risk of suicide among adults and adolescents.  In a study of people who attempted or completed suicide, investigators found that 75% of the guns were stored in the residence of the victim, friend or relative.

This pamphlet discusses the importance of controlling access to guns when someone may have suicidal thoughts.

A central question in suicide research is whether firearm availability increases the overall number of suicides rather than the proportion of suicides from guns.  Firearm prevalence was positively related to the suicide rate, even after controlling for rates of attempted suicide.

This summary of the Resource Guide describes eight suicide prevention strategies and provides general recommendations for the development, implementation and evaluation of suicide prevention programs targeted toward this age group.

In this article, training resources, opportunities and strategies for prevention of the high prevalence of youth violence and suicide in the US are discussed and recommendations for a new public health training initiative are outlined.