Studies of youth suicide prevention found lacking
Reviews of Australian research on youth suicide have found that high quality studies of effective prevention methods are lacking.
Studies for the National Health and Medical Research Council found deficiencies in national knowledge about the second most common cause of death among young people.
Research reviews on risk factors, who commits suicide, and prevention, found major knowledge gaps. Crisis intervention, phone counselling and suicide education are widely supported, without evidence showing they work.
One review says the lack of high quality Australian research on risk factors for youth suicide is striking. Data collection on which young people commit suicide is hampered by different State data collection methods.
There is a lack of studies among schools, migrant and indigenous youth.
ABC News Monday 22 March
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