Cannabis is the most frequently used illicit drug taken by US youth and the drug most commonly presented by youth who seek drug treatment. The study found significantly higher rates of non-fatal self-harm and deaths in a subset of teens with mood disorders who were active cannabis users.
Adolescents of color face racial discrimination that has been shown to lead to mental health problems. This analysis of 2 randomized clinical trials found that a brief family-centered preventive intervention that increased parental protective behavior towards Black adolescents decreased subsequent mental health problems in participating youth.
The study adds support for taking a detailed family mental health history since children born to families in which prior generations have suffered anxiety or depression had higher rates of childhood mental health issues themselves. These findings existed in diverse racial/ethnic and socioeconomic groups.
Reviewing 421,466 medical records of people who made suicidal drug overdoses, researchers found that opioids and barbiturates had the highest risk of lethality.
Latino immigrants underutilize mental health services even if they have made a prior suicide attempt. The study looked at whether a brochure might increase suicide literacy, decrease stigma and change help-seeking behavior. Disappointingly, the effort did not reduce stigma associated with suicidal individuals nor increase help-seeking behavior.