Education about depression and identification and referral for treatment of the depressed or drug-abusing student are important strategies in reducing the tragedy of suicide among adolescents. Pediatricians should work with local school personnel toward the implementation of the suicide-reduction strategies identified in this statement. The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly recommends that prevention programs be built into the education system. To be successful, such programs must involve school personnel, community medical professionals, child psychiatrists, students, and parents.
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