Psychiatric Contacts Among Youths Aged 13 Through 24 Years who Have Made Serious Suicide Attempts
Beautrais A L~~Joyce P R~~Mulder R T
Using a case-control study, 129 young people who made serious suicide attempts were contrasted with 153 randomly selected community controls. Of those who made serious suicide attempts, 72.1% reported contact with psychiatric services in the year preceding the suicide attempt & 58.9% reported contact within the prior month. Findings imply that improved treatment & management strategies for youth with psychiatric morbidity may be an effective approach to reducing youthful suicidal behaviours.