Suicide rates in the United States have increased by more than 35 percent over the past two decades, and suicide rates for youth aged 15 to 24 spiked by almost 50 percent during this time. Suicide rates are higher for males and for underserved populations such as LGBTQ+, homeless, autistic, rural, disabled, and American Indian/Alaska Native patients.

More About Suicide Prevention


Blog: PCORI-Funded Researchers Seek Ways to Address Youth Suicide

Published September 27, 2021 in observance of National Suicide Prevention Month

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death among all Americans, and the second leading cause of death among people 15 to 24 years old.

PCORI’s Board of Governors approved $58 million for five studies that will assess how interventions can reduce suicide among teens and people in their early 20s.

This blog post describes how PCORI is working to add evidence-based information on youth suicide interventions that clinicians, caregivers, and other stakeholders can use.



Video: Five Studies Aimed at Reducing Suicide Among Teens

"Mental Health Minute," Psychiatric Times, August 2021

In this "Mental Health Minute" video clip from the Psychiatric Times, PCORI Executive Director Nakela L. Cook, MD, MPH, discusses five PCORI-funded studies aimed at reducing suicide among teens.

The largest assesses the effectiveness of dialectical behavior therapy, while others will look at the unique challenges facing autistic youth, Alaskan natives, and sexual and gender diverse young adults.



PCORI Virtual Briefing on Suicide Prevention in Youth and Young Adults

The briefing focused on suicide prevention with an emphasis on suicide in youth and young adults, which has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.