Year: 2008 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.38, no.1, (February 2008), p.74-86 SIEC No: 20080617

Perceived barriers to help-seeking among adolescents attending a suicide education program were examined. A total of 854 high school students in Colorado completed 1 of 2 questionnaires, measuring barriers to help-seeking for self or friend. The most prominent barriers for self were: inability to discuss problems with adults, self-overconfidence, fear of hospitalization, & lack of closeness to school adults. The most prominent barriers for troubled friends were: friendship concerns, unapproachability of school adults, fear of friend’s hospitalization, & underestimating friend’s problems. Results support the need for comprehensive system approaches to suicide prevention. (51 refs.)