Year: 1997 Source: Social Science and Medicine, v.45, no.10, (November 1997), p.1563-1570 SIEC No: 20011492

This paper illustrates the use of focus groups with young people to enhance knowledge of ways to address youth suicide. Analysis of the findings identified 3 themes perceived by participants as being warning signs of a suicidal friend (personality changes, risk-taking behaviour, & unusual actions). An important finding was that young people would either cope alone or turn to a friend if they were feeling suicidal. The fact that a lack of knowledge was identified as the major barrier to youth using existing services/resources suggests that health promotion awareness campaigns which provide information on where young people could access help need to be developed. (31 refs.)