Suicide by Children and Young People

Suicide in young people is rarely caused by one thing; it usually follows a combination of previous vulnerability and recent events | University of Manchester

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The stresses we have identified before suicide are common in young people; most come through them without serious harm.

Important themes for suicide prevention are support for or management of family factors (e.g. mental illness, physical illness, or substance misuse), childhood abuse, bullying, physical health, social isolation, mental ill-health and alcohol or drug misuse.

Specific actions are needed on groups we have highlighted:

  1. support for young people who are bereaved, especially by suicide
  2. greater priority for mental health in colleges and universities
  3. housing and mental health care for looked after children
  4. mental health support for LGBT young people.

Read the full report here


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