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How to Help Spot Teens at Risk of Suicide

How to Help Spot Teens at Risk of Suicide

With suicide now the second leading cause of death for teenagers, the American Academy of Pediatrics has issued new guidelines so doctors can help identify patients at risk. The AAP is urging doctors to screen patients for suicidal thoughts and risk factors including family history of suicide, mood disorders, questioning sexual orientation, and history of physical or sexual abuse. Dr. Cora Breuner, pediatrician at Seattle Children’s Hospital, said, “If we ask these questions in a very kind, mindful way as pediatricians we can catch these kids before they do something tragic to themselves.”

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