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Suicide awareness and mental health among youth in the community: Exposing dark secrets: what must be told 

Suicide awareness and mental health among youth in the community: Exposing dark secrets: what must be told
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Suicide awareness and mental health among youth in the community: Exposing dark secrets: what must be told
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Christina W Hoven

, Sam Tyano

, and Donald J Mandell

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198570059.003.0067
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date: 25 August 2019

In this chapter, we propose a strategy for increasing the likelihood of identifying youth who are experiencing serious emotional difficulties, which would place them at risk for suicide. Admittedly, current knowledge of the multiple causes of youth suicide remains incomplete, and the scant, currently available mental health resources to address this problem are generally woefully inadequate to meet the need. The situation is even worse in under-resourced environments throughout the world, where there is an acute lack of all mental health services for youth. New efforts are called for. Raising awareness of children’s mental health among important youth stakeholders, parents, teachers, and youth themselves, and increasing help and treatment-seeking behaviours, holds out the potential to help reduce unnecessary deaths by suicide in youth.

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