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Awarded Research Grant to Prevent Violence and Violence-Related Injury

Help Seeking by At-Risk Youth after Suicide Screenings

FOA Number: CE04-045: Grants for Violence-Related Injury Prevention Research
Project Period: 9/1/04–8/31/07
Application/Grant Number: 1-R49-CE000258-01
Principal Investigator: Madelyn S. Gould PhD, MPH
Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Inc.
New York State Psychiatric Institute
1051 Riverside Drive, Unit 72
New York, NY 10032
Phone: 212-543-5329
Fax: 212-543-5966


A suicide screening procedure is only as effective as its ability to get at-risk students the care they need. Unfortunately, little is known about service use by vulnerable youth following a suicide screening program. This project will conduct a retrospective cohort study of youth identified as at-risk for suicidal behavior. The cohort of at-risk teenagers (N=273) was identified during a two-stage screening program that was conducted in six schools in Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester counties in New York State from fall 2002 through winter 2004. Each at-risk youth and his/her parent will be interviewed approximately 2 years after the screen to assess information about service use during the intervening period, barriers that may have interfered with seeking or receiving treatment, and the risk status of the youth at follow-up. The present project will expand efforts to optimize youth suicide screening programs by establishing a better understanding of the natural course of both suicidal adolescents' improvement and use of services after a screening program. This information is critically needed to guide efforts to develop optimal help-seeking strategies tailored to at-risk youth and their parents in order to establish effective screening programs to prevent suicidal behavior in youth.