Suicide in Children

  • Elizabeth C. LanzilloEmail author
  • Lisa M. Horowitz
  • Maryland Pao


As the second leading cause of death among youth ages 10–24, suicide is an international public health threat that warrants increased attention from the medical community. While pediatric mortality from major medical illnesses has significantly decreased in recent years, the youth suicide rate continues to climb. Despite the alarming rates and devastating effects, youth suicide is a relatively rare event. More common than completed suicide are suicidal thoughts and behaviors. This chapter will address the terminology used to discuss suicide, the epidemiology of youth suicide, risk and protective factors, and approaches to screening for suicide and conducting follow-up assessments for at-risk youth. Management of suicidal youth, documentation, and treatment will also be discussed. With appropriate training and effective interventions, every healthcare provider can help save young lives.


Children Adolescents Suicide Familial transmission Risk factors At-risk youth 



The authors wish to thank Jarrod Smith for his thoughtful proofreading and careful attention to detail.


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  • Elizabeth C. Lanzillo
    • 1
    Email author
  • Lisa M. Horowitz
    • 1
  • Maryland Pao
    • 1
  1. 1.Intramural Research ProgramNational Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of HealthBethesdaUSA

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