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Screening for Youth Suicide Prevention

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Publication Date: April 2007

Publisher(s): Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service

Series: RS22647

Topic: Health (Mental health)

Abstract:

Suicide remains a leading cause of death among U.S. youth. Most experts maintain that screening for high-risk youth within the context of a comprehensive suicide prevention program is a cost-effective strategy. While the federal government does not mandate screening, it provides grant funds that are used for screening programs, with active parental consent. This report attempts to clarify the issues surrounding screening as a strategy for youth suicide prevention.

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