Glen Masuda, Ph.D.

Associate Divisional Director
Asian Pacific Family Center - a division of Pacific Clinics

These suicide prevention resources focus on diverse populations and issues in suicide prevention and highlight how some children and adolescents are more vulnerable to suicide than others.

The web pages in Diverse Populations focus on specific groups who may be at greater risk of suicide, such as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender or Questioning youth. Research seems to indicate they are particularly at-risk, especially if they have experienced parental rejection or have been exposed to violence or bullying by their peers. Researchers at Yale School of Medicine have found signs of an apparent connection between bullying, being bullied and suicide in children. An additional study concluded among girls, being bullied or bullying others are both potential risk factors for depression and suicidal behavior.

Another diverse population includes our nation’s Veterans and their families. Research indicates Veterans are at much greater risk for depression, anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder, as well as alcohol and substance abuse. A section in Diverse Populations directs Veterans and their families to comprehensive services, resources and information.

Suicide is very complex and can have widespread impact in a school community. The web pages in Special Issues focus on some of the unique issues associated with youth suicide. For example, suicide is a contagious behavior in youth and after a suicide occurs in a community there is a greater risk of contagion. In addition, research indicates that although suicide clusters are rare, they tend to be most prevalent among adolescents and may account for 1–5% of teenage suicides and 100–200 deaths annually. A section in our Special Issues directs school personnel to invaluable resources from the Centers for Disease Control that provides recommendations for a community plan for the prevention and containment of suicide clusters.

This section also offers more information and resources on other special issues such as: alcohol, substance and inhalant abuse among youth, firearms, and of paramount concern to all parents, internet safety.