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Understanding suicide in children and early adolescents may lead to more effective prevention

By: Ellen Braaten, Ph.D., Contributing Editor, Harvard Health Publications The thought of a child or teenager taking his or her own life is startling to say the least. Yet, suicide is the third leading cause of death in adolescents ages 15 to 18 in the United States. Although suicide in early adolescence and elementary school-aged children is much rarer, it was still the 10th leading cause of death for U.S. children in 2014. Unfortunately,…

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