Year: 1989 Source: Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, January 1989. p.232-238 SIEC No: 19890973

The chemically dependent adolescent who becomes suicidal appears to be characterized by a strong family history of chemical abuse, obvious signs of depression & hopelessness, a staed desire to die, & recent loss or separation, often parental separation or divorce. Recognizing the crisis & providing care & protection is the most crucial aspect of suicide prevention in these cases. However, the underlying chronic illness needs long term care & alertness to the recurrence of suicidal risk. (CM)