Youth Risk Screening

Suicide is the third leading cause of death in youth and young adults ages 10 to 24; rates of suicidal thoughts, attempts, and fatalities have all increased in this age group since 2011. Interpersonal violence is also a critical issue among youth populations, and gun access may exacerbate youth risk of harm or death by firearm. These tools are to assist with screening for suicide and violence risk in youth in clinical settings. 

These clinical resources provide a number of guidelines, sample questions, and checklists when screening youth patients for access to firearms and violence risk.

SafERteens is an evidence-based brief intervention designed to reduce and prevent youth violence. As part of the 30-minute intervention, participants are guided to explore their goals and values, how risky behaviors could affect their goals, and positive ways to resolve conflict.

This guide from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center discusses steps emergency care providers can take to ensure patients at risk for suicide receive a continuity of care once discharged from the emergency department.

If you are in immediate danger, please call 911.

If you are experiencing a crisis, please text or call 988.

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