Pediatricians and pediatric heath care providers have a role to play in reducing the risk of suicide among adolescents and young adults. In 2016, suicide was the second leading cause of death among both 10-14 years old (436) and 15-24 years old (5,723) according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. The AAP provides guidance and resources for pediatricians and pediatric health care providers to help identify youth at risk for suicide.
For Parents: How is Your Child Doing?
For Clinicians: Suicide is Complex
For Clinicians: Support Mental Health in Your Community
For Clinicians: Support Mental Health in Your Community- Helping Hands
Promote Social-Emotional Health
Self Harm and Suicide Motivational Interviewing Techniques (16 min)
Depression Motivational Interviewing Techniques (12 min)
Suicide Prevention (30 sec)
Suicide Among Youth and Young Adults: What Pediatricians Should Know
Addressing Suicide Prevention: A Factsheet for Primary Care Clinicians
Adolescent Depression: Be Ready to Ask and Respond
Safe Storage and Disposal of Medications
Mom! Dad! (Teen)
Mom! Dad! (Young Child)
Safe Storage of Firearms
State Advocacy Fact Sheet: Bullying Prevention
10 Things Parents Can Do to Prevent Suicide
Which Kids are at the Highest Risk for Suicide?
Mental Health and Teens: Watch for Danger Signs
American Academy of Pediatrics