Special Interest Group - Suicidal Behaviour in Adolescents

At least 100,000 adolescents die by suicide every year and among youngsters aged 15 to 24, suicide is the third cause of death. Moreover, the real number of suicides is higher than the statistics show and suicide in adolescence is often underestimated.

Suicidal behaviour (fatal and non-fatal) in adolescents is often associated with a psychiatric disorder, and often unrecognized or untreated. More than 90% of adolescents who die by suicide suffered from an associated psychiatric disorder (mood disorder and substance or alcohol abuse) at the time of their death and more than half had suffered from a psychiatric disorder for at least 2 years. Suicidal behaviour frequently co-occurs with other health risk behaviours such as binge eating, binge drinking, tobacco use, weapon carrying, and having unprotected sex.

Adolescent suicide is a serious problem that affects all countries in the world, and, even if research and prevention programs are being developed increasingly, much more must be done.

The Special Interest Group "Adolescent Suicide" will aim at creating an international network of people involved in research and prevention of suicide among adolescents. The main objectives will be:

The Special Interest Group is chaired by Prof. Marco Sarchiapone (Italy) and Prof. Madelyn Gould (USA) and composed of international experts in this field: Judit Balazs (Hungary), Romuald Brunner (Germany), Vladimir Carli (Sweden-Italy), Marianna D'Aulerio (Italy), Miriam Losue (Italy), Helen Keeley (Ireland), Merike Sisask, (Estonia), Peeter Varnik (Estonia), Naohiro Yonemoto (Japan). If you would like to become a member of this SIG, please contact Prof. Marco Sarchiapone for more information at marco.sarchiapone@me.com)