Group Urges Pediatricians To Help Identify Teens At Risk For Suicide

The Baltimore Sun (8/24, McDaniels) reports that recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics updated its “guidelines advising pediatricians how to identify and help teenagers at risk for suicide,” saying it “wants pediatricians to screen patients for suicidal thoughts and risk factors for suicide, such as bullying.” This change is meant to address an increase “in teenage depression, suicidal ideation and suicide attempts.” Data from the CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System survey indicate “suicide is the second-leading cause of death in adolescents ages 15 to 19 and the third-leading cause of death in children ages 10 to 14.”

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— “Pediatricians can help identify suicidal teens,” Andrea K. McDaniels, Baltimore Sun, August 24, 2016.

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