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(p. 246) The LET’s CONNECT Intervention: Targeting Social Connectedness, Bullying, and Youth Suicide Risk 

(p. 246) The LET’s CONNECT Intervention: Targeting Social Connectedness, Bullying, and Youth Suicide Risk
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(p. 246) The LET’s CONNECT Intervention: Targeting Social Connectedness, Bullying, and Youth Suicide Risk
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Cheryl A. King

, Polly Y. Gipson

, and Kiel Opperman

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780199950706.003.0020
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date: 20 November 2019

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth between the ages of 10 and 18, and suicidal behavior is far too prevalent. Many suicide prevention strategies have focused on recognizing suicide risk and referring youth to treatment. The barriers associated with poor mental healthcare utilization may have limited the efficacy of these strategies. We discuss Links to Enhancing Teens’ Connectedness (LET’s CONNECT), which is a community-based mentorship intervention for youth ages 12 to 15, who are at risk for suicidal behavior due to bully victimization, bully perpetration, and/or low interpersonal connectedness. Theoretical underpinnings, cultural considerations, and previous literature are discussed. A synopsis of the LET’s CONNECT effectiveness trial is given, emphasizing the barriers encountered in urban community–based research and the steps taken to alleviate these. Finally, suggestions are given to medical providers, teachers and parents, mental health providers, and policy makers for suicide prevention strategies.

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