9/9/2021 Grand Rounds
Suicide Prevention for Immigrant-Origin Latinx Youth: Bridging Clinical, Family, and Social Context
Kiara Alvarez, PhD
This presentation focuses on suicide risk and prevention among immigrant-origin youth and their families. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among U.S. 10-24 year-olds, with rising rates of suicide across age groups. Family-focused interventions have been identified as a promising approach to reducing suicide risk. Youth from immigrant families, who comprise over a quarter of the US youth population but face substantial barriers to mental health service access, may particularly benefit from these approaches. In this presentation, the development of a brief family-based preventive intervention for Latinx immigrant-origin youth experiencing suicidal ideation will be used to illustrate key principles and dilemmas in culturally and contextually-relevant suicide prevention. These findings will be linked to a broader discussion of approaches to bridging clinical, family, and social/community contexts for immigrant adolescents via multilevel interventions. Both research and clinical practice implications will be addressed.