BACKGROUND: A psychological autopsy study (Mérelle e.a. 2020) demonstrates a subgroup of female adolescents with chronic suicidal behavior and severe internalizing problems. AIM: To describe characteristics of the suicidal process and the challenges experienced in providing mental health care for this subgroup. METHOD: A case description and review of literature. RESULTS: The persistent suicidal threat and the following despair of the patient and its parents are forcing care providers into an impasse: the primary focus of treatment is to guarantee the patient's safety, whereby the treatment of underlying problems is underexposed. Based on expert knowledge we make recommendations including autonomy-promoting treatment policy, treating suicidality as a transdiagnostic phenomenon, creating a multidisciplinary network of care providers and making chronic suicidality tolerable for care providers. CONCLUSION: We propose preliminary practical recommendations in our quest for optimal mental health care for chronic suicidal adolescents.
|Translated title of the contribution||Treatment plan for female adolescents in the grip of chronic suicidality|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie|
|Publication status||Published - 2022|