New Research: Asking if someone is suicidal

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About 3 million teenagers have either considered or attempted suicide this year but only one-fifth of them receive treatment.

To help prevent suicides, it is best to ask teenagers if they feel suicidal. Your asking will not cause a teenager to take his or her life. A new research study authored by Madelyn Gould at Columbia University and New York Psychiatric Institute found that simply asking troubled teens about suicidal impulses appears to ease their distress and makes them less likely to try killing themselves.

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