Suicide Prevention in Children and Adolescents

Suicide continues to be a leading cause of death among children and young adults, and recently released statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show an overall increase of suicide rates by 24 percent from 1999 to 2014 for all age groups under age 75. Making mental health a routine topic during medical interactions is one way to begin to prevent youth suicide. Nearly 75 percent of adolescents have had contact with a medical professional within 4 months prior to committing suicide. Click below to watch a webinar that provides an overview of depression and suicide in children and adolescents, ways to screen children and teens in the emergency department and primary care, and to best practices for follow up with patients to ensure they receive the appropriate mental health interventions.

The webinar is presented by Jeremy Esposito, MD, MSEd attending physician in the Emergency Medicine at CHOP and VPI Fellow, and Anik Jhonsa, MD attending psychiatrist and Medical Director of Emergency Psychiatric Services at CHOP. The moderator is Flaura Winston, MD, PhD an attending physician, Senior Advisor to VPI,  and Founder and Scientific Director of the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at CHOP.

Webinar topics:

  • Facts and statistics about suicide in children and adolescents
  • Universal screening practices in the emergency department and primary care
  • Practical strategies start the conversation with patients
  • Best practices for follow up with their patients to ensure they receive the appropriate mental health interventions

PDF of Presentation Slides

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Q&A Video

To access the Q&A portion of the webinar, featuring live questions submitted by attendees, please click here.

**Please note that only those who watched this webinar live on November 9, 2016 are eligible for Continuing Education Credit.

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Suicide Prevention in Children and Adolescents