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A profound absence of counseling interventions for suicide prevention among youth in Africa: A call to action based on an empty scoping review.

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Knettel, BA; Obale, A; Iqbal, H; Fotabong, MC; Philippe, NN; Graton, M; Ledbetter, L
Published in: Suicide & life-threatening behavior
April 2024

One-third of all global suicide deaths occur among adolescents and young adults, making suicide the second leading cause of death among young people. Nearly 80% of suicide deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, and many African nations have higher rates of suicide than global averages. However, interventions are scarce. We conducted a scoping review of counseling interventions for suicide prevention among youth in Africa.We performed structured searches of the Medline, Embase, PyscINFO, African Index Medicus, Global Heath Database, and Proquest Dissertations and Theses Global databases. Studies were eligible for inclusion if they described a counseling intervention conducted in Africa, focused on participants under age 22, and included a suicide-related outcome.After removal of duplicates, 1808 titles and abstracts were screened and 10 studies were identified for full-text review. Of these, six included adult participants and did not disaggregate results for youth, two did not describe an intervention, and two did not include a relevant outcome. Thus, no studies were eligible for inclusion.This empty review highlights the striking absence of published research on a life-threatening public health challenge, representing a distinct call to action for improved efforts in adolescent suicide prevention in Africa.

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Suicide & life-threatening behavior

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EISSN

1943-278X

ISSN

0363-0234

Publication Date

April 2024

Volume

54

Issue

2

Start / End Page

296 / 301

Related Subject Headings

  • Young Adult
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Suicide
  • Psychiatry
  • Humans
  • Counseling
  • Africa
  • Adult
  • Adolescent
  • 5205 Social and personality psychology
 

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Knettel, B. A., Obale, A., Iqbal, H., Fotabong, M. C., Philippe, N. N., Graton, M., & Ledbetter, L. (2024). A profound absence of counseling interventions for suicide prevention among youth in Africa: A call to action based on an empty scoping review. Suicide & Life-Threatening Behavior, 54(2), 296–301. https://doi.org/10.1111/sltb.13041
Knettel, Brandon A., Armstrong Obale, Hamza Iqbal, Mela C. Fotabong, Ngaha N. Philippe, Margaret Graton, and Leila Ledbetter. “A profound absence of counseling interventions for suicide prevention among youth in Africa: A call to action based on an empty scoping review.Suicide & Life-Threatening Behavior 54, no. 2 (April 2024): 296–301. https://doi.org/10.1111/sltb.13041.
Knettel BA, Obale A, Iqbal H, Fotabong MC, Philippe NN, Graton M, et al. A profound absence of counseling interventions for suicide prevention among youth in Africa: A call to action based on an empty scoping review. Suicide & life-threatening behavior. 2024 Apr;54(2):296–301.
Knettel, Brandon A., et al. “A profound absence of counseling interventions for suicide prevention among youth in Africa: A call to action based on an empty scoping review.Suicide & Life-Threatening Behavior, vol. 54, no. 2, Apr. 2024, pp. 296–301. Epmc, doi:10.1111/sltb.13041.
Knettel BA, Obale A, Iqbal H, Fotabong MC, Philippe NN, Graton M, Ledbetter L. A profound absence of counseling interventions for suicide prevention among youth in Africa: A call to action based on an empty scoping review. Suicide & life-threatening behavior. 2024 Apr;54(2):296–301.
Journal cover image

Published In

Suicide & life-threatening behavior

DOI

EISSN

1943-278X

ISSN

0363-0234

Publication Date

April 2024

Volume

54

Issue

2

Start / End Page

296 / 301

Related Subject Headings

  • Young Adult
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Suicide
  • Psychiatry
  • Humans
  • Counseling
  • Africa
  • Adult
  • Adolescent
  • 5205 Social and personality psychology