Substance Use and Suicide among Youth:
Prevention and Intervention Strategies
Substance use and suicidality frequently co-occur among youth and share many of the same risk and protective factors.
Substance use is a significant risk factor for suicidal ideation, attempted suicide and completed suicide. Suicide prevention resources have been developed for healthcare practitioners and others who come into contact with individuals who have substance use issues.
Further evaluations are needed to determine the impact of these prevention resources and whether they are effective in youth with substance use problems.
Although the available evidence is limited, there are some promising emerging treatment strategies for youth with co-occurring substance use and suicidality.