This book responds to the urgent need for practical intervention approaches targeting young people at risk. It provides a much needed practical resource for practitioners and students from a variety of helping professions.

Focusing on interventions that practitioners can use in collaboration with the young person, the book offers hands-on strategies for enhancing resilience and addressing challenges and issues typically faced by young people. Topics covered include:

  • Depression, suicide, and self-harm
  • Substance Abuse
  • Problematic Sexual Behavior
  • Marginalized Youth
  • Mental Health Issue
  • Peer Mentoring and Building on Strengths
  • Cults and Gangs
  • Bullying
  • Firelighting

Throughout the book, multi-disciplinary and international authors share their expertise, highlighting relevant evidence-based interventions and considering themes such as anti-oppressive practice, culture, values and ethics.

This book is ideal for students and practitioners working with young people, especially in the fields of youth work, social work, psychology, counseling, and education.

Preventing Suicide

Preventing suicide


The term ‘suicidality’ refers to all suicide-related behaviours and thoughts on the suicide risk spectrum, which range from passive thoughts of death at one extreme to completed suicide at the other (Bridge et al., 2006). It needs to be recognized that young people who engage in repeated non-suicidal self-harm may also become suicidal or unintentionally kill themselves. Self-harm was discussed in detail in the previous chapter.


Suicide rates vary with country of residence, age and gender. They increase from childhood (World Health Organization, 2002). This may be due to the increased incidence of risk factors, such as mood and substance use disorders in young people compared with children (Bridge et al., 2006). It may also be due to an increased cognitive capability for ...

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