Effect Of Suicide Screening Assessments On Determining Suicide Risk

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Effect of Suicide Screening Assessments on Determining Suicide Risk in Adolescents Identification of the problem: According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 2015, suicide is the second leading cause of death in the adolescent population in this country and the number of occurrences continues to rise at a dramatic rate. For every teen that completes a suicide, 100 make an attempt, making suicide a paramount public health issue that needs to be addressed. Statistics show that since 2009, the rates of attempted and completed suicide, in this age group continue to steadily increase (Centers for Disease Control [CDC], 2015; Taliaferro, Oberstar, & Wagman-Borowsky, 2012). Background and significance: According to the 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), presented by the CDC, 2015, during the 12 months prior to the survey, 17% of U.S. high school students seriously considered attempting suicide, which is a calculated increase of 1.2% from 2009. The percentage of students who made a plan to commit suicide in 2013 was 13.6%, which demonstrates an increase of 2.7% since 2009. The percentage of students that attempted suicide in 2013 was 8% showing an increase of 1.7% since 2009. Those requiring medical treatment for a suicide attempts also rose to 2.7%, an increase of 0.8% since 2009 (CDC, 2015). Healthy People 2020 aims to specifically target a reduction in the rates of completed and attempted suicide among adolescents (CDC, 2015). Many adolescents present to
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