Adolescent suicide: An individual disaster, but a systemic failure.
Cavelti, M. & Kaess, M.
Suicide is among the leading causes of death worldwide,
especially among adolescents [8, 24]. The estimated suicide
rate for 10- to 19-year-olds based on WHO mortality data
from 2010 to 2016 is 3.77/100,000 people . Estimated
lifetime prevalence of suicide ideation, plans, and attempts
among adolescents are 12.1%, 4.0%, and 4.1%, respectively
. The risk of suicide is relatively low in childhood, and
signifcantly increases from early adolescence to late adolescence and early adulthood [7, 12]. The high prevalence
and signifcance of adolescent suicidal behavior stand in
strong contrast to the fact that “at-risk youths” are notoriously poor help-seekers . For example, a recent study in
adolescents between 11 and 19 years of age found a delay
of approximately one year between the frst suicide attempt
and receiving appropriate professional care.