Youth Depression and Suicide Prevention Program

Suicide is one of the leading causes of death among youth and young adults in the United States. However, most individuals at high risk for suicide go unrecognized and untreated, and for half of all suicide attempts, the first attempt is fatal. Suicide prevention strategies include universal, population-based approaches; selective approaches that target high risk subgroups, and indicated approaches with individuals at elevated risk for suicide. Our primary goal is to conduct innovative clinical research that will inform and ultimately improve suicide risk screening, suicide risk assessment, community-based suicide prevention strategies, and clinical interventions for youth and young adults at elevated risk for suicide.