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Suicide prevention

This page contains the findings of systematic reviews undertaken by the EPPI Centre Health Promotion and Public Health Reviews Reviews Facility
  • There is some evidence that discussing suicide with young people may encourage some of them to consider it a viable option for resolving problems.[1]
  • One outcome evaluation on suicide prevention was associated with increased knowledge about causes, symptoms and prevention of suicide in young people and their peers but not with improvements in stress, anxiety and hopelessness.[1]
  • A review looking at suicide prevention in young men (aged 19-34) found that it may be more appropriate to frame interventions in terms of developing young people’s coping strategies rather than explicitly on preventing suicide. However, results were fragmentary and seldom separated out findings for young men and young women.[2]
  • One systematic review found no evidence to assess the impact of CBT on suicidal thinking or behaviour.[3]


1. Young people and mental health: a systematic review of research on barriers and facilitators (2001)

2. 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 (2002)

3. Inequalities and the mental health of young people: a systematic review of secondary school-based cognitive behavioural interventions (2009)

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