Suicide contagion and clusters are more likely among young people in contained communities such as college campuses.
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Psychiatrists can provide significant support and insight to patients who are now coming to campus with a wide array of mental health challenges.
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Although college students are in many ways similar to any patient in their age group, their environment and stressors differ in significant ways. The authors identify issues to consider in assessing and managing suicidality in this population.
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Psychiatrists should not be afraid to assess parenting issues and other stressors when treating depressed or psychotic parents of young children.
All psychiatrists know the risk factors for suicide. Among the newest modifiable risk factors to join the list are insomnia and nightmares.