Adolescent suicide: warning signs to be aware of

DECRYPTION – The High Authority of Health advises to take seriously all suicidal thoughts among young people.

“Have you ever thought about suicide?” To doctors, parents or teachers, often helpless in the face of adolescent malaise, the High Authority for Health advises, in recommendations published on September 30, to ask the question explicitly. “Talking about suicide is not an incitement to take action, on the contrary it is the best way to identify risky situations and take charge of them”, assures the Dr Charles-Édouard Notredame, psychiatrist at the University Hospital of Lille and chairman of the working group brought together by the HAS.

“The question of the desire to die, which I ask systematically in consultation, surprises many the children , tells the Dr Bojan Mirkovic, psychiatrist at the Nouvel Hôpital de Navarre, in Évreux, who participated in the expertise. It gives rise to categorical denials from patients not concerned, but it allows others to confide. Surveys carried out after certain suicides show that most children had not dared in

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