Prioritizing research to reduce youth suicide and suicidal behavior.

American Journal of Preventive Medicine

PubMedID: 25145744

Bridge JA, Horowitz LM, Fontanella CA, Grupp-Phelan J, Campo JV. Prioritizing research to reduce youth suicide and suicidal behavior. Am J Prev Med. 2014;47(3 Suppl 2):S229-34.
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.