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Journal of the Korean Medical Association 2013;56(2):111-119.
Published online February 20, 2013.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5124/jkma.2013.56.2.111   
National Evidence-based Collaborating Agency (NECA) Round-table Conference Consensus Statement: multidisciplinary responses to suicide, the first ranked cause of death in adolescents
Gaeun Kim, Jeonghoon Ahn, Kyooseob Ha, Chang Ho Lee, Jong Min Woo, Jung Kyu Lee, Hong Jin Jeon, Young Sook Kwak, Yong Sil Kweon, Ran Keum, Jong Ik Park, Hye Young Lee, Hyeon Woo Yim, Myoung Youn Jo, Kee Chae Han, Jeong Yee Bae, Joomi Bae, Seung Yeon Lee, Young Sun Lee, In Hee Cho, Myung Min Choi, Myoung Ho Hyun
1Office of Research Planning, National Evidence-based Healthcare Collaborating Agency, Seoul, Korea.
2Office of Health Services Research, National Evidence-based Healthcare Collaborating Agency, Seoul, Korea.
3Department of Psychiatry, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
4Office of Planning & Evaluation, Korea Youth Counseling & Welfare Institute, Seoul, Korea.
5Department of Psychiatry, Inje University College of Medicine, Busan, Korea.
6Division of Mental Health Policy, Ministry of Health & Welfare, Seoul, Korea.
7Department of Psychiatry, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
8Department of Psychiatry, Jeju National University School of Medicine, Jeju, Korea.
9Department of Psychiatry, The Catholic University of Korea School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
10Goyang Community Mental Health Center, Goyang, Korea.
11Department of Psychiatry, Kangwon National University School of Medicine, Chuncheon, Korea.
12Office of Students and Parents Research, Korean Educational Development Institute, Seoul, Korea.
13Department of Preventive Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
14Students Health Management Division, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Seoul, Korea.
15Central Church of Korea Evangelical Holiness Church, Seoul, Korea.
16Department of Nursing, Inje University, Busan, Korea.
17Office of Counseling & Welfare, Korea Youth Counseling & Welfare Institute, Seoul, Korea.
18Department of Psychology, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea.
19Department of Psychiatry, Gil Hospital, Gachon University, Incheon, Korea.
20Department of Social Welfare, Baekseok University, Cheonan, Korea.
21Department of Psychology, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea. hyunmh@cau.ac.kr
The National Evidence-based Collaborating Agency (NECA) holds the NECA Round-table Conference that not only disseminates objective and systematic information on topics of social concern in public health care but also organizes discussions on core issues under dispute in the literature through panels composed of multidisciplinary experts. Accordingly, the Round-table Conference was composed of multidisciplinary experts including medical specialists in the areas of psychiatry and preventive medicine, psychiatric and mental health nursing, psychologists, social welfare experts, consultation experts, religious leaders, and government officials from the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, and Ministry of Health and Welfare. The Round-table Conference, tasked with analysis of the actual status and causes of, and search for solutions for suicide in adolescents, has reached consensus on the current status, trend, risk factors and prevention factors, problems and issues in prevention and coping strategies, effective prevention and coping strategies and areas of research needed for the future. The Round-table Conference commented on the actual status and gravity of suicides in adolescents, and came to the agreement that mental health issues including stress from interpersonal relationships and depression are the key risk factors of suicide. It was further agreed that problems in the measures being implemented for each of the areas include lack of manpower and funding, and inadequate organic association and cooperation among relevant institutions. They also agreed that development of a government-initiated suicide prevention program for adolescents, association among relevant experts, and development, and management of practical guidelines that are of broad and practical use are important. Furthermore, the panels were in agreement that the mass media must comply with the recommended level of coverage in reporting of suicide as adolescents are greatly influenced by provocative mass media reports due to their strong impulsive dispositions.
Key Words: Suicide of adolescents, Round-table Conference, Consensus statement
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