Suicide prevention in youth

The French Sentinel Network collects data from around 500 GPs. Over a three-year period, 106 people aged 18–39 and 164 older than 40 attempted suicide. In the month prior, 41% of the younger patients attended a GP. This was significantly fewer than the 65% of older adults who consulted.

When young people visited the GP they were less likely to reveal their suicidal ideas. Unless the attempt was within one month, fewer than 6% of the younger group expressed suicidal thoughts compared with 20% of the older group.