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JAMA Pediatrics Patient Page
October 2016

Preventing Adolescent Suicide

JAMA Pediatr. 2016;170(10):1032. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2015.2561

Each year, more than 2000 adolescents die from suicide; suicide is among the top 3 causes of death for US teens. Risk factors for suicide include mood disorders such as depression, substance use or abuse, or a history of trauma such as sexual abuse. Suicide is a preventable cause of death.

This article will focus on 3 key aspects of suicide prevention: watching for warning signs, providing support and resources, and limiting access to firearms and drugs/medications.

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