To the Editor: The significant increase in youth suicides in 2004 and 2005 identified by Dr Bridge and colleagues1 in their Research Letter is further evidence of the critical need for a truly national data system on the circumstances surrounding violent deaths in the United States, including youth suicide. As the authors point out, the raw data alone tell nothing about the causes, leaving only guesswork to guide devising preventive strategies.
Parkinson MD. Reporting System for Violent Deaths and Youth Suicide. JAMA. 2009;301(5):485–486. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.45