Franklin James Cook

U.K. Study: Youth Not Contacting Mental Health Care

In Research on October 23, 2008 at 6:47 am

ORIGINAL ARTICLE — A report from the U.K. Press Association summarizes the findings from a University of Manchester study, which found “that while 26% of adults received help from mental health services in the 12 months leading up to their suicide, the figure was almost halved among 10 to 19-year-olds.”

“There is a very low rate of contact among young people in the year prior to suicide, particularly among young men, with 12%,” said [Dr. Kirsten Windfuhr from the university’s Centre for Suicide Prevention]. “What we’re seeing is high rates of suicide among young males, but at the same time they also have the lowest rates of contact.”

Perhaps paradoxically , the study reported “that suicide rates among young people in the UK fell by 28 percent during the seven year period [1997-2003].”

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