Facebook Live: Youth Suicide Prevention
In recognition of National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in September, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) hosted a Facebook Live event on youth suicide prevention.
Suicide is a leading cause of death among young people in the United States. A new NIMH-supported study found that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic increased youth suicide rates, and the impact varied by sex, age, race, and ethnicity. Findings such as these highlight the critical need for better ways to understand and prevent suicide in youth and adolescents.
During the event, NIMH experts Lisa M. Horowitz, Ph.D., MPH, pediatric psychologist and senior associate scientist in the Intramural Research Program, and Stephen O’Connor, Ph.D., chief of the Suicide Prevention Research Program, led a discussion on how to talk to youth about suicide risk, how to identify the warning signs of suicide, risk factors for suicide, and NIMH-supported research on interventions for youth suicide prevention.