Suicide Prevention Among Substance Abusing Homeless Youth

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There is a lack of information on interventions for homeless youth, and no suicide prevention intervention has been tested with these youth. Such focus is critical as suicide is the leading cause of death among homeless youth. This study seeks to examine Cognitive Therapy for Suicide Prevention in this population.

Eligibility criteria:

Inclusion Criteria:
- Aged 18-24
- Meet McKinney Vento definition for homelessness.
- Youth reports at least one episode of severe suicide ideation in the past 90 days.

Exclusion Criteria:
- Evidence of unremitted psychosis or other condition which would impair youth's ability to understand and participate in the research.
- Youth requires psychiatric hospitalization.

Contact Information

Natasha Slesnick, Ph.D.