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Young men and suicide prevention: a scoping exercise for a review of the effectiveness of health promotion interventions of relevance to suicide prevention in young men

What do we want to know?

Suicide prevention amongst young men aged under 35 is an urgent health policy priority in the UK. Although there is currently an incomplete picture of risk and protective factors, promising health promotion approaches may include strengthening communication and support for problems between young men and their peers, families, friends, advice services, GPs and other professionals. This report is a scoping exercise to identify whether systematic reviews which might help to identify effective health promotion interventions of relevance to suicide prevention amongst young men aged 19-34 have already been carried out; and if not, what a new review in this area might look like.

Who wants to know?

Policy-makers, practitioners, researchers, young men.

What did we find?

No existing systematic reviews focused on young men were found. Reviews on relevant topics rarely reported the effects of interventions or men and women separately. One review included studies of young people’s views, and young men’s own ideas about how to promote mental health were highlighted.

What are the implications?

A new systematic review is needed. This review should include international studies which rigorously evaluate the effectiveness of interventions, alongside other types of UK-based studies. The development of such a review would need to be informed by a range of user groups including practitioners and policy-makers, as well as young men themselves.

How did we get these results?

We examined a recent EPPI-Centre systematic review on the barriers to and facilitators of good mental health amongst young people (aged 11 to 21) for any findings and recommendations relevant to reducing suicide amongst young men aged 19 to 34.  The second part of the scoping exercise aimed to identify other relevant high quality systematic reviews.  A total of 140 citations met the search criteria, but none concentrated specifically on young men.

This summary was prepared by the EPPI-Centre

This report should be cited as: Harden A, Sutcliffe K and Lempert T (2002) Young men and suicide prevention: a scoping exercise for a review of the effectiveness of health promotion interventions of relevance to suicide prevention in young men. London: EPPI-Centre, Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London.

  
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