Youth Suicide: the Need for Socio-Cultural Analysis
Recent statistics suggest suicide rates among 15-24-year-olds are rising despite the increased focus of policy & prevention programs in this area. This presentation discussed the need for another perspective which offers something different from the prevailing medical, psychological, & macrosociological approaches. It is argued a picture of the sociocultural contexts within which youth suicides are occurring can be constructed by exploring the everyday narratives about suicide that are circulating among young people & other key community members. This qualitative material could be of great use in evaluating the direction of policy & prevention programs.