Year: 2015 Source: Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology.(2012).47(10):1549-1555. DOI:10.1007/s00127-011-0461-x SIEC No: 20150260

This study provides initial evidence of protective associations of individual level social capital with adolescent suicidality. Our findings suggest that among adolescents low social capital as measured by perceptions of trust and helpfulness of others at school may be a warning sign for suicidality, particularly for females. It may be helpful to inquire of young people how they perceive the trustworthiness and helpfulness of their school environment as a measure of how supportive that environment might be to them when they are facing challenges to their mental health.