The purpose of this paper is to relate the health services’ prevention imperative to a new priority area, youth suicide.
The content is based on the latest UK policy documents and participation in recent events for policy-makers.
Suicide among young people is increasing, and traditional approaches are not reducing these deaths. Involving young people as researchers or trainers has been helpful, and policy-makers need to address the present social and cultural risk factors.
Evidence differs between countries, and a local context may be important.
In the UK, local profiles are being developed and there is an increasing need identified for relevant training for a wide range of professionals.
The participation of young people in developments may be emancipatory, for all concerned.
Because this year, young persons’ mental health will be an international priority, this may be the time to galvanise action for improved planning and resources for the prevention of youth suicide.
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