Is teen suicide preventable? David Shaffer, a psychiatrist and founder of the mental health questionnaire called TeenScreen, thinks so. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is now the third-leading cause of death in teenagers. In this New York Times Idea Lab feature, Paul Raeburn describes how TeenScreen identifies those who may be likely to commit suicide — and articulates the pitfalls of using such detection and intervention mechanisms in schools.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Around the Web blog.