This presentation will address research findings which suggest that suicide attempts are prompted by a sense of hopelessness and the experience of intolerable pain. Strategies for transforming pain into hope will be explored and include the pros and cons of medication, talk therapy, and patient-led groups. Finally, case studies of teens who have a history of an attempted suicide but have since made the decision to live will be examined. We will end with a response to the following question: What are some universal truths that can be gleaned from these stories and passed along to other hurting teens?

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