Suicide is the third leading cause of death among adolescents, exceeded S only by homicide and accidents (Minifio, Arias, Kochanek, Murphy, &
Smith, 2002). Despite a decrease in the rate of completed suicides from
1994 to 2000, the suicide rate for youths is still considerably higher (10.4
per 100,000 in 2000 for 15- to 24year-olds; Minifio et al., 2002) than it was
several decades ago (4.5 per 100,000 for 15- to 24year-olds in 1950; National
Center for Health Statistics, 2000).